Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan denied rumors of a coup d’état on Monday despite giving similar reassurances in 2014 when he and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha launched the last coup.
The Deputy Minister added said that he does not know about any special orders being made for the security forces in preparation for the pro-democracy rally scheduled for this week.
“No, no,” was the answer given by Prawit when asked about a possibility of a coup that was being touted by protest leader. including Anon Numpha and Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak over the past weekend.
On Sunday, Anon urged people to come out and prevent any coup attempts with means of non-violence, such as using paint and shaming the soldiers that are meant to carry out the coup.
Anon also urged the families of the soldiers that will be carrying out the coup to help spread the news because they are usually the first to know if one is taking place.
The protest leaders did not give evidence to support their allegations.
Protests have gripped the nation for the past five months and another large rally is being called for by the student-led pro-democracy group, Ratsadon, at the Crown Property Bureau on November 25.
Prawit said he is not aware of any special orders being given to the security forces in preparation for the rally, and also said that he still does not know about the “big surprise”.
Protest leaders said last week that there will be a “big surprise” at the rally this coming Wednesday.
Prawit reminded the protestors that they must not enter within a 150 meter radius of a government building under the Public Assembly Act.
He also said that the police will keep a watchful eye on any third party that might be looking to use violence to create unrest, but the Deputy Minister believes that there will be no confrontation that will get out of control.