Thursday, 5th March 2015

Thai academics say no to coup, yes to election

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A group of Thai university academics and activists on Friday launched a fresh move against a military coup attempt which, they feared, might possibly occur soon. Calling themselves a "Two Yeses and Two Noes Network," the academics and activists urged members of the public to express a concerted stand against any street violence which might be followed by a coup as soon as next week.

In the meantime, the network expressed solid support for the Feb. 2 election which, they announced, is a legitimate democratic procedure as well as for national reform bids. "We say no to violence of any kind and no to a military coup which might follow it. At the same time, we say yes to the election and yes to reforms," announced political scientist Puangthong Pavakapand of Chulalongkorn University.

The academics said they were immensely concerned over possibilities of street unrest which might occur on major streets of the Thai capital during an imminent "Bangkok shutdown" by the anti-government protesters headed by former Deputy Premier Suthep Thaugsuban.

More importantly, they feared the military, led by Army chief Gen. Prayudh Chan-ocha, might possibly stage a coup if violence occurred to the anti-government protesters or other people on the streets.

Suthep and several former Democrat Party legislators planned to have his followers block up major intersections in the inner part of the city and cut off power and water lines at the residences of acting cabinet members and government premises on the upcoming Monday.

Acting Premier Yingluck Shinawatra, who maintained that her caretaker government is legally obliged to run the country until a post-election cabinet has been set up, earlier expressed fears of a possible coup which will not only deny democratic rule but trigger unrest and bloodsheds. Bangkok (Xinhua)



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