Pheu Thai tells junta to curb its 'paranoia' over red bowls

Pheu Thai tells junta to curb its 'paranoia' over red bowls

Soldiers seized thousands of Thakshin Shinawatra's red bowls from a former Pheu Thai MP's office in Nan province early this month. (Photo by Rarinthorn Phetcharoen)
Soldiers seized thousands of Thakshin Shinawatra's red bowls from a former Pheu Thai MP's office in Nan province early this month. (Photo by Rarinthorn Phetcharoen)

The Pheu Thai Party told the junta on Wednesday not to be paranoid over its red bowl giveaway, urging patience in the name of national reconciliation.

Acting deputy secretary-general Chavalit Wichayasut said he was disappointed when he learned former MP Cholnan Srikaew was summoned to the 38th Military Circle in Nan province over the bowl brouhaha.

Authorities recently seized nearly 9,000 red plastic bowls from the office of ex-Pheu Thai MP for Nan Sirintorn Ramasut that were created by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. They bear a politically tinged Songkran message from Thaksin, who is on the run from a two-year jail term for corruption.

The junta claimed the bowls, intended for use during the Songkran water festival, would cause disunity.

Ms Sirintorn was summoned by the military for seven days of "attitude adjustment" that begins Saturday. Dr Cholnan's seven-day detention begins Friday.

Mr Chavalit said that he would not say who was right or wrong in the matter because different parties have different views.

"But the soldiers' search for red bowls reflects the paranoid nature of the government towards politicians," said the Pheu Thai key figure.

He said such actions could impact voting in the upcoming referendum for the new constitution.

Mr Chavalit urged the National Council for Peace and Order to remember that it had claimed that it staged the May 22, 2014 coup to resolve national conflicts.

Those in charge should be patient, neutral and calm instead of acting like a party in the conflict, he said.


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