Government and red shirt reaction to the military’s declaration of martial law
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Government and red shirt reaction to the military’s declaration of martial law

Have already blogged on the PDRC reaction.

Acting caretaker PM per ThaiGov:

Today (20 May 2014) Deputy Prime Minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan, Acting Prime Minister, gave comment on declaration of the Marital Law by the Royal Thai Army as follows:

With reference to the Royal Thai Army’s declaration of the Martial Law to preserve order and bring back peacefulness to the country, the Government wishes the same for national peace, and hopes that the Martial Law is imposed by way of peaceful means and equality with no violence and discrimination and under the Legal State and the Rule of Law which is in accordance with the Government’s ongoing policy. This action of the Royal Thai Army’s must be under the principles of Constitution and Democracy with the King as head of state.

BP: Not critical, but not supportive.

Puea Thai per the Bangkok Post:

Mr Pokin called for a general election and rejected calls for an interim prime minister. The martial law authority under Gen Prayuth, the Peace and Order Maintaining Command (POMC), has not made any policy statement on the matter so far.

Mr Pokin also claimed that imposing martial law first required a Royal Proclomation. Otherwise, he said, the declaration of martial law could violate both Section 188 of the 2007 Constitution and Sections 2 and 4 of the Martial Law Act B.E. 2457 (1914).

BP: See previous post regarding legal problems on Prayuth’s declaration of martial law. Post Today has more on Puea Thai position.

From Thaksin:

การประกาศกฏอัยการศึกถือเป็นเรื่องที่คาดการณ์ได้ สำหรับผู้ติดตามสภานการณ์การเมืองไทยตลอดช่วงที่ผ่านมา

— Thaksin Shinawatra (@ThaksinLive) May 20, 2014

BP: Translation: “Declaration of martial law is something that could be expected from those who followed the Thai political situation recently”

อย่างไรก็ตาม ผมหวังว่าจะไม่มีฝ่ายใดก่อให้เกิดการลิดรอนสิทธิมนุษยชน และบ่อนทำลายกระบวนการทางประชาธิปไตยมากยิ่งไปกว่านี้

— Thaksin Shinawatra (@ThaksinLive) May 20, 2014

BP: Translation: “However, I hope that there is no side what will restrict human rights and will undermine the democratic process more than this”


— Thaksin Shinawatra (@ThaksinLive) May 20, 2014

BP: Translation: “It worsens the image of Thailand; [it] undermines [the image] in the eyes of the world”

The Nation:

Former Pheu Thai MP Worachai Hema said that for as long as Prayuth remained neutral, bloodshed would not erupt.

If you help the PDRC, it will mean you’re taking a side,” he said.

“We have a duty to defend democracy,” UDD chairman Jatuporn Promphan said.

Urging Prayuth to stick to democratic principles in restoring peace in the country, Jatuporn recommended that the general ensure that all sides agreed to either an election or a public referendum on whether the general election should be held.

BP: Reds staying at Aksa Road for now.

More reaction from the reds:

UDD – Keep Calm, Avoid confrontation with soldiers, Caretaker gov still intact under Con, No coup yet, If appoint PM = escalation of rally

— UDD / Team Thida (@UDD_English) May 20, 2014

2Q – why surround UDD when we in Aksa & not PDRC who have been crating havoc in capital – Y PDRC call off rally when care gov still intact — UDD / Team Thida (@UDD_English) May 20, 2014

More from Jatuporn last night:

BP: Agree, regarding the coup.* Reds and government seem a little negative, but they are also mostly taking a wait-and-see approach to see what Prayuth and others will do in the coming days.

* Need some removal of the government, but BP don’t think the military will be actually removing the government. They may place pressure through their intervention and there is a reasonable chance that the result will be the Senate installs a new PM and this upheld somehow by the Court (or the Court acts first). Hence, not a military coup or a coup in the traditional sense of the term, but through a long-time reader, it would seem we can call it a “network coup” as it is a multi-stage process…