OCCUPY BANGKOK :DSI PRESSCONFERENCE :buildup of troops and weapon were just for show at the Children’s Day and for parade to mark the Armed Forces Day on January 18
At the press conference today, the Defense Ministry’s PR head Maj Gen Surakchart Jitjaeng said rumor of military coup was rife and spread following the unusual troop buildup and movement of military hardwares into the capital.
He said such movements were made at the time of the political turmoil and thus triggering fear of rumor.
But he said such buildup of troops and weapon were just for show at the Children’s Day and for parade to mark the Armed Forces Day on January 18 at the 11th Infantry Division in Bang Khen which had nothing to do with the coup rumor.
The troop parade had been planned in advance since mid last year and the Army had earlier announced to the public of the movements, he said.
Despite of the announcement, the troop movement was instead twisted by ill-intention people and spread on the social media causing suspicion of the Army by the public.
He said after the show today, all weapon would be withdrawn to army bases on the same night.
Earlier red-shirt leaders have questioned the unusual troop build-up in the capital with call for the army chief to clarify and assure that the Army would not plot a coup.
Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha reiterated today that the Army would never or had an idea of plotting a coup.
He was enraged when one reporter asked him about a coup under the current circumstances of political turmoil.
He told the reporter to stop asking such question which is no good to the country