Military officers oppose Pitak Siam
- Published: 8/11/2012 at 09:22 PM
- Online news:
Alumni from Class 5 and 10 of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School (AFAPS) will hold a peaceful rally at a Bangkok hotel on Friday morning in protest at the leader of the Pitak Siam group, Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit, and his supporters.
The Class 5 and 10 members will meet at the Miracle Grand Convention Hotel at 10am to announce their opposition to Gen Boonlert, a member of Class 1 of the AFAPS, and his group which is mobilising supporters to try to bring down the Yingluck Shinawatra government.
The general has called for a military coup to overthrow the Pheu Thai-led administration. "I'd love to see a coup,'' he told the press while heading up an Oct 28 anti-government rally at the Royal Turf Club in the Nang Loeng area of Bangkok.
The planned rally was revealed on Thursday by Gen Chaisit Shinawatra, Thaksin Shinawatra's cousin and a former supreme commander.
Gen Chaisit, a member of Class 5, said he would not join the gathering because it will merely announce the political position of his fellow classmates but he would attend a mass rally if one is held in the future.
Asked if he was disappointed with Gen Boonlert, who is his senior schoolmate, Gen Chaisit said the Pitak Siam group leader likes the planning and execution of a coup d'etat as it runs in his blood.
Pitak Siam plans a second rally later this month. However, Gen Boonlert said the rally will be called off if it attracts less than 1 million supporters.
Defence Minister ACM Sukumpol Suwanatat said Friday’s gathering of the Class 5 and 10 alumni should be seen as a personal affair and an expression of individual opinion, and that it has nothing to do with the bonds of brotherhood among soldiers.
He said none of his fellow classmates in Class 10 had discussed the planned rally with him. Both Gen Boonlert and those of the Class 10 alumni had the right to hold a peaceful rally. This was not a collision of mobs, he said, adding each group was just exercising their constitutional rights.
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