BANGKOK, 3 March 2014 The army has maintained its checkpoints near demonstration sites and continued support for the Center for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO). Its operation is still focused on violence prevention and peace keeping.
Deputy Spokesperson of the Royal Thai Army Col.Sirichan Ngathong said the army continued its operation to prevent the use of lethal weapons, violence and violations of law in all areas during the anti-government protests. Army Commander-in-Chief Gen.Prayuth Chan-ocha had assigned all Army Area Commands to promote understanding among the public in order to prevent clashes between opposing groups and keep a close watch on any activity which might affect national security, Col.Sirichan said.
The spokesperson stressed that the army was intent on helping improve the overall situation and it was impartial. The army made sure that the laws were upheld and was ready to provide justice to all sides, she said.
The army chief also instructed army officers to conduct themselves properly and help prevent people from being manipulated by false information.