Gen Prawit: New army manual not linked to planned rally

DEPUTY Prime Minister and Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said today (May 3) that the new manual the army has been told to put out detailing standard practice guidelines on enforcing the law has nothing to do with a rally that the pro-election group plans to hold on Saturday May 5. INN News reported today (May 3).

Gen Prawit explained that the new guidelines on enforcing the law and National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) orders were aimed at making carrying them out more international, and that these come under 7 headings.

Security officials have not yet estimated how many people might participate in the planned rally, he said, adding he does not think very many would do so, and that it was also unlikely that this rally would spread out from the designated place as happened in the previous occasion.

He also confirmed that the People’s Movement for Just Society (P-Move), whose members were blocked in Chiang Mai and not allowed to travel to Bangkok, would unlikely link up with the pro-election group.

This is so because P-Move participants were troubled over having enough land to make a living and this is not linked to political movements.

Meanwhile Deputy National Police Chief Pol Gen Siwara Rangsiprammanakul said the pro-election group had not yet asked for permission to hold a symbolic rally on Saturday May 5, while confirming that police have measures in place to handle the situation, Thai News Agency reported.


Top: General Prawit talking to the press recently. Photo: Thai News Agency