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No coup, deputy PM insists

Student protesters put on performance art to highlight what they claim is violence by the state against the people at the Pathumwan skywalk on Thursday. Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill

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Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon on Thursday brushed aside a call by a former yellow-shirt protest leader for a coup.

Prawit's comments followed the proposal by Sondhi Limthongkul, former co-leader of the defunct People's Alliance for Democracy.

The Deputy PM made only one remark -- "There won't be any coup" -- when asked about the matter. The government has repeatedly ruled out a coup in the past.

A Facebook page called "Sondhi Talk'' posted a clip of Mr Sondhi expressing his opinions on the political situation in a show on a satellite television channel "News One'' on Tuesday.

During the show, he said: "For me, a coup is not evil. If the constitution is to be amended, all involved must be allowed a say to make sure the charter is fair."

The opposition Move Forward Party (MFP), meanwhile, said on Thursday it would join a proposed reconciliation committee -- but only if Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha resigned and monarchy reform was among the topics for discussion.

Growing tension has been felt on the streets of Bangkok, where anti-dictatorship protesters have held mass rallies calling for Gen Prayut's resignation, a rewrite of the entire constitution and monarchy reform.

Meanwhile, the anti-government protesters rallied again on Thursday at three locations in Bangkok.

The first was in front of the Hindu temple on Silom Road, a central business area, where they displayed political artwork.

The second was on the Sky Walk at the Pathumwan junction, arranged by a group of Chulalongkorn University students to mark the 13-day anniversary of the government's crackdown on student protests on Oct 16.

The final one was in front of the office buildings of the Nation Multimedia Group on Bang Na-Trat Road.


amend : to make changes to a document, law, agreement, etc. especially in order to improve it - แก้ไข

constitution : the set of laws and basic principles that a country in governed by - รัฐธรรมนูญ

coup : the seizure of power in a country by a group of people, usually members of the armed forces - รัฐประหาร

crackdown : strong action that someone in authority takes to stop a particular activity - การใช้กำลังเข้าปราบปรามของเจ้าหน้าที่

defunct : no longer existing, operating or being used - ถูกยุบ, หยุดทำงาน

dictatorship : a government having complete power and which does not rule democratically - เผด็จการ

evil : very bad or cruel - ชั่วร้าย

proposal : a plan or suggestion for a group to consider - ข้อเสนอ

reconciliation : a new and friendly relationship with someone who you argued with or fought with - การทำให้ปรองดองกันอีก, การสมานฉันท์

resign : to leave a job permanently - ลาออกจากตำแหน่ง

ruled out : stopped considering this as a possibility - ประกาศว่าเป็นสิ่งที่เป็นไปไม่ได้

tension : the feeling caused by a lack of trust between people, groups or countries - ความตึงเครียด


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