Thailand: Resistance is futile, says Thai coup chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha

Resistance is futile, says Thai coup chief
Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha said he seized power to restore order  (Picture:AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thailand’s army chief has told opponents that protest against military rule was ‘useless’ and would only spark more violence.

Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha said he had seized power to restore order after seven months of unrest and political deadlock.

Speaking for the first time since Thursday’s coup, he told a news conference yesterday: ‘I’m not here to argue with anyone.

‘I want to bring everything out in the open and fix it. Everyone must help me,’ he said, before adding: ‘Do not criticise, do not create new problems. It’s no use.’

The warning came as an aide to former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she had been released from military custody.

The junta is holding more than 200 people in custody, including most of the ousted government. Gen Prayuth said they were being given time ‘to calm themselves down’ and said none were being tortured or beaten.

He told social media users to avoid doing anything that could fan the conflict and called for an end to anti-coup demonstrations in Bangkok and other cities.

‘Do you want to go back to the old days? If you want it that way, then I will have to enforce the law,’ Gen Prayuth warned.

26 May 2014 | 5:52 pm – Source:

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