Tawatchai in strife for party unrest claim

Tawatchai in strife for party unrest claim

Gen Tawatchai Samutsakorn, former Second Army commander, cited
Gen Tawatchai Samutsakorn, former Second Army commander, cited "intelligence sources" to prove two big political parties were spending big money to instigate the violence in the deep South and to organise a million-person rally in Bangkok to oust the junta. (Bangkok Post file photo)

The Democrat and Pheu Thai parties on Tuesday slammed former Second Army commander Tawatchai Samutsakorn, hours after his remarks claiming two unnamed political parties were mobilising funds to instigate violence and rally support to oust the junta's government.

Citing intelligence reports, Gen Tawatchai, who serves as a member of the National Reform Council (NRC), claimed recent attacks in the southernmost provinces were linked to political movements.

He also indicated evidence suggests more funds would be allocated to instigate violence. 

The NRC member also alleged two unnamed parties were mobilising funds to incite violence in the South and recruit at least one million people to rally in Bangkok to oust the government.

Gen Tawatchai's allegations drew outrage from the Democrat and Pheu Thai parties.

Gen Tawatchai: One million people in Bangkok being organised secretly (Bangkok Post file photo)

Democrat member Thaworn Senniam said Gen Tawatchai should disclose the names of the parties and file complaints with the authorities including police and the National Council for Peace and Order if he really believes his claims.

Mr Thaworn said the allegations are so serious that the Election Commission should launch a probe and if any wrongdoing is found, the parties must be dissolved.

"As for Gen Tawatchai, he must take responsibility for his words and he has to get rid of evil people and political parties," he said.

Deputy Democrat leader Nipit Intarasombat called on the NRC member to name names.

"I'm urging him to name the parties. Ambiguity is dangerous."

Worachai Hema, a Pheu Thai Party member, said the NRC member has turned against political parties because the NRC has achieved nothing substantial.

"These people blame political elements when they are caught in a difficult situation. They throw mud at others to get an easy way out," he said. 

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