Army will not impose harsher control on political activists

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BANGKOK, 25 November 2014 – The Royal Thai Army said it would not increase the steps to curb activists despite reports of higher opposition against the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

Army Chief Udomdej Sitabutr, in his capacity as the Deputy Defense Minister, has stated that it is nothing unusual that there are people who oppose the NCPO. However, many surveys taken recently suggested that more than 80% of Thai people have trust in the NCPO.

The Army is also now trying to raise the level of understanding for people politically disagreeing with the current administration. Those with different opinions can express their views as long as they are within the rule of law.

General Udomdej said he might consider setting up a stage for people to voice their thoughts and that the Army will not impose any harder restrictions as everyone is a civilized person.