BANGKOK, 12 January 2014 Army Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha has expressed his concern over security measures on January 13 when anti-government protesters will stage a mass rally.
General Prayuth made his remarks in light of a planned protest to paralyze Bangkok, saying security was his main concern as a huge number of protesters are expected to show up on Monday.
He said he did not want any violence to break out between Thais, adding that everyone was entitled to their opinions, but it should not be an issue that would likely tear this country apart.
The military earlier urged all sides not to draw any conclusions or make negative assumptions following the planned mass rally by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) on January 13th.
General Prayuth also reassured the public that the army would abide by the rule of law as well as serving both the people and the nation. He therefore asked everyone concerned not to force the army to take sides and always put the nation’s interest first before making any decisions.