Army asserts tolerance of political criticism


BANGKOK, Dec 17 – The Thai army will be patient with criticism of its role on the political crisis, according to an army spokesman.

Col Winthai Suvari said it is impossible to claim that the military will not be involved in politics for it is in charge of national security.

The army is determined to minimise the disputes to avoid a civil war as in the case of many countries, he said.

He called on conflicting parties to peacefully find acceptable solutions by adopting the principles of law and political science.

“Though Army Chief Prayuth Chan-ocha and the army are heavily criticised, the army will be tolerant under the legal framework, otherwise it will dissatisfy either of the conflicting parties,” said Col Winthai.