NRC member General Thawatchai Samutsakorn, who was a former commander of Army Region 2, alleged that the two political parties, whom he refused to identify, were preparing to mobilise up to a million people to descend on Bangkok to overthrow the government.
Thawatchai also accused the parties of being behind violence in the deep South. He said that from today until Friday the groups planned to create a disturbance in the three southernmost provinces in tandem with other groups that benefit from violence in the deep South, such as those involved in illegal oil and drug trading.
“I would like to urge the various groups who are making moves now to stop and support the government of General Prayut Chan-o-cha, in order to develop and reform the country so it can move forward,” Thawatchai said.
Meanwhile, Democrat Party member Nipit Intrasombat said: “I would like Thawatchai to be more specific on which political party [was behind the incident] so that state authorities can sue the party concerned by sending the case to the Election Commission (EC) – to have the parties dissolved. This way, no one would be mistaken.”
Pheu Thai MP Worachai Hema said National Reform Council members like Thawatchai Samutsakorn did not know what to do and had achieved little. They only thought of boosting their own image and tried to remain in power via the idea of a referendum that would allow the government to stay on for another two years. He said they then came up with the idea of an interim government.
“Pheu Thai Party would never do this. We are man enough,” the former Pheu Thai MP said.