Bhichai opposes anti-govt rallies
- Published: 3/11/2012 at 07:59 PM
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The Pitak Siam Group should use the parliamentary system to move against the government, not street rallies, says former Democrat leader Bhichai Rattakul.
He was responding to news of another planned mass gathering to protest against the Yingluck Shinawatra government within this month by the group, led by Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit.
The first rally, at the Royal Turf Club last Sunday, drew an estimated 20,000 people, more than most observers or the government had expected.
Gen Boonlert has said the rallies are intended to draw attention to the Pheu Thai government's three main failings: allowing the monarchy to be insulted; being a puppet of ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra; and corruption.
Mr Bhichai said the allegations against the Pheu Thai-led administration had no grounds.
"If I were Gen Boonlert, I would not have moved against the government in such a way," the veteran politician added.
Mr Bhichai also said he didn't understand why Prasong Soonsiri, the high-profile former head of the National Security Council, had joined the rally.
The parliamentary mechanism should be used and allowed to work in order to avoid violent confrontation between different political groups, he said.
If Gen Boonlert had substantial information to back his group’s allegations, he should forward it to the Democrat Party so that it can use the material against the government in a censure debate, he added.
Mr Bhichai said he had no idea whether there would be another military coup if clashes between political rival groups intensified.
Gen Boonlert has said he would welcome a coup, a stance that has rauised eyebrows even among some people who dislike the current government.
Mr Bhichai praised the response of army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha that a coup is out of the question. Gen Prayuth has also warned all soldiers they would face severe consequences if they got involved with political pressure groups.
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