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Thai coup leader backed by king, warns citizens

中国日报网 2014-05-27 10:35

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Bolstered by a royal endorsement on Monday to run the country after last week’s coup, Thailand’s military leader warned citizens not to cause trouble, not to criticize, not to protest – or else face a return to street violence.

Dressed in a crisp white uniform, General Prayuth (CHAN OKA) Chanocha said he had seized power to restore order after seven months of violent confrontations and political turmoil between the now ousted government and demonstrators who had called repeadtedly for the army to intervene.

"I'm not here to argue with anyone. I want to bring everything out in the open and fix it," Prayuth said at his first news conference since taking power on Thursday. “Everyone must help me," he said, before adding: “Do not criticize, do not create new problems. It's no use."

The warning came as an aide to former prime minister Yingluck (SHINNA WATRA) Shinawatra said that Yingluck had been released on Monday from military custody.

The aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, said Yingluck had returned to her home.

Earlier on Monday, King Bhumibol (AD HOOLY A DEJ ) Adulyadej officially endorsed Prayuth to run the country in a royal command that called for “reconciliation among the people".

Bhumibol, who is 86 and in fragile health, did not attend the ceremony at the army headquarters in Bangkok. But the monarch’s statement removed any speculation that the palace, which had been silent so far, might without its support for the junta.

Prayuth justified the takeover, saying, “When the conflict intensified and there was the threat of violence, we had to act.”

"The most important thing right now is to keep peace and order in the country."

(中国日报网英语点津 Julie 编辑)

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Anne Ruisi is an editor at China Daily online with more than 30 years of experience as a newspaper editor and reporter. She has worked at newspapers in the U.S., including The Birmingham News in Alabama and City Newspaper of Rochester, N.Y.

 

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