Thailand:Army to root out ‘Taksin plan’

Published: 19/03/2009 at 04:06 PM
The army is investigating the so-called Taksin plan, a conspiracy aimed at creating chaos in the country, army chief Anupong Paojinda said on Thursday.

Gen Anupong said he knew of the existence of the plan, which was exposed by the Democrat party, but he did not know the details.

The Taksin plan is said to be a conspiracy aimed at overthrowing the government, the army leadership and important institutions in the country.

The conspirators are said to have appropriated the name of a former king, Taksin the Great, for their plan.

Gen Anupong said those who had thoughts of doing anything bad to the nation, its religion, the royal institution or the people were certanly not good people.

They should immediately put a stop to their plans and actions for the sake of the country, he added.

However, the army commander-in-chief said these people would not find it easy to fuel further conflict, because the majority of Thais were already tired of politics.

Gen Anupong then called on the silent majority to join hands in ensuring the restoration of peace and unity.

United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) core leader and former government spokesman Nattawut Saikua said he had no knowledge of any Taksin plan.

He did not undestand why the claimed plot should be be linked to the UDD and its red-shirt supporters.

He also questioned Gen Anupong’s investigation of the so-called conspiracy.

He wondered just why the army commander-in-chief was taking so much interest in the plot when there was so still no information at all about it.

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