Pressure group issues 17-point takedown of Prayut’s track record

The pressure group Samakkhi Prachachon visited Government House on Tuesday to hand in a 17-point open letter on the alleged wrongdoings of Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-ocha since the coup of 2014.

The premier “never tells the truth,” said Jatuporn Prompan, co-leader of Samakkhi Prachachon and chairman of the United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship.

“He said that there would be no coup. He also said he wanted to get rid of corruption, but he hasn’t done anything about it.”

“Prayut has also been insincere on charter amendment,” he said.

“All of the problems that we are facing right now are because of Prayut, including the shortages of Covid vaccine. There is no need to blame anyone else but Prayut because he has consolidated all the power to decide everything by himself,” he added.

Jatuporn was referring to the transfer of some powers under 31 laws from ministers to the premier in April. The prime minister said it was done to streamline orders and improve the government’s efficiency in handling the Covid outbreak.

Some of Paryut’s 17 alleged wrongdoings over the past seven years included the many arrests and incarcerations of dissidents since the coup of 2014, the rewriting of the charter that has allowed junta-appointed senators to vote for premier, and his administration’s inability to get rid of rampaging corruption.

Samakkhi Prachachon said they will return to Government House on June 24, with more detail about that action provided on June 22.

The hashtag “Prayut get out” (#ประยุทธ์ออกไป) was also trending on Tuesday after the premier told the senate that his government will stay the full four-year term from March 2019.

The prime minister said during the senate meeting on Monday that he never once put money into his own pocket over the past seven years. He told senators that his government will not dissolve parliament before the end of its term, following rumours of an early dissolution.

“There are people telling me to go away nowadays, but I want to say that the more they are chasing me away, the more I will fight,” he told the senators.

Prayut’s administration is currently under fire over their mishandling of the pandemic and for the latest delay in the Covid vaccine roll-out, which the opposition has said are costing lives and delaying economic recovery.

Some members of the coalition also criticized the government’s allocation of Covid vaccines during the fiscal budget debate last week.

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