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Future Forward warns govt against using special power after blasts

Aug 03. 2019
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By The Nation

Future Forward Party secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul on Friday (August 2) warned the government against using the multiple bomb attacks in the capital earlier in the day as a pretext to invoke a special power.

Piyabutr said the events might affect the public’s confidence in the political situation returning to normalcy.

“I believe that the people understand the situation well. And we must lend a hand to prevent the situation from escalating until the government cites it as the reason to use a special power again,” Piyabutr said.

He said it was still not clear as to who had launched the attacks so the government should not blame anyone without evidence.

He said the Future Forward Party would like to send moral support to the officials who are maintaining security. He also urged people to exercise caution.

“We also want to send moral support to the prime minister and the deputy prime minister in charge of security affairs because they just took office and are now encountering these kind of things," Piyabutr said.

“I want them to be able to handle the situation in the way they have always spoken they would if they were elected -- that the country would have peace and order.

“Don’t let the people feel that the budget spent on security affairs was used to establish security only for the [now-defunct] National Council for Peace and Order and for the government. Please also use the money to provide security for the life and properties of the people,” Piyabutr told the government.

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