Published: 6 Apr 2011 at 10.47
Military leaders joined together yesterday to strongly deny there were plans for a coup.
Supreme Commander Songkitti Jaggabatara, third from left, appears at a press conference at the Royal Thai Air Force headquarters yesterday to dispel persistent rumours of an imminent military coup. Also present are army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha, left, navy chief Kamthorn Phumhiran, second left, and air force chief Itthaporn Subhawong, right. WASSANA NANUAM
Military leaders unified against a coup
The military’s top brass have vehemently rejected rumours about an imminent coup d’etat sparked by a recent meeting of leading political figures.
The statement was made yesterday by Supreme Commander Songkitti Jaggabatara in the presence of the commanders of all the armed forces – army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha, navy commander Kamthorn Phumhiran, and air force chief Itthaporn Subhawong – at a press conference called after the monthly meeting of senior officers.
Gen Songkitti said there would “definitely not be a coup”. The armed forces operate under the constitution and support democratic rule, he said.
Gen Songkitti said the announcement is “the consensus” of the army, navy and air force chiefs and the police force.
Any military commander who leads his soldiers in a coup would be regarded as a rebel, he said.
“Any military unit which moves troops out of barracks without permission will be deemed to have committed insurrection. Feel free to file complaints against any soldier who conducts any political activity to pressureyou. If there are grounds to the complaints, I will order an inquiry,” he said before his announcement wasbroadcast yesterday.
Gen Songkitti said soldiers and police would not get involved in political activities so the public should not believe in the coup rumours.
“Stop linking the armed forces [to the coup rumours]. Don’t ever separate the military from the people,” he said, adding that the military would work hand in hand with members of the public to ensure the country moves forward.
The military would not apply pressure to any party during election campaigning. Every political party could campaign for votes at all military units.
Whether there is a general election is not a decision for the military to make.
Once the House of Representatives was dissolved, the Election Commission was duty-bound to hold the election, he said.
The supreme commander said he did not expect there to be any untoward incidents after the election.
He also dismissed as groundless a rumour that the next government would be formed under Section 7 of thecharter to pave the way for the royal appointment of an unelected prime minister.
Waves of coup rumours have surfaced and persisted both in the capital and in other provinces across the country over the past six months. The strongest rumour was sparked by a recent meeting of movers and shakers in Thai politics who gathered at the house of an important person in the Sukhumvit area. It is a meeting place where past decisions on changes in government have been made.
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supreme – most important, or most powerful สูงสุด
commander – the head of an army or army unit ผู้บังคับบัญชา
appear – to go somewhere officially because you are involved in something, such as a trial or inquiry ปรากฏตัวอย่างเป็นทางการ
press conference – an official meeting where someone makes a formal statement about a particular issue or event to journalists and answers their questions about it การแถลงข่าว
headquarters – the place where an organisation or company has its main offices กองบัญชาการ
dispel – to remove fears, doubts and false ideas, usually by proving them wrong or unnecessary ทำให้หมดไป
persistent – continuing อย่างต่อเนื่อง
rumour – a piece of information, or a story, that people talk about, but that may not be true ข่าวลือ
imminent – likely or certain to happen very soon ซึ่งใกล้จะเกิดขึ้น
coup (d’etat) – the seizure of power in a country by a group of people, usually members of the armed forces รัฐประหาร
unified – joined together to form a single unit มีเอกภาพ, ซึ่งรวมเป็นหนึ่งเดียว,, ซึ่งทำให้เป็นหน่วยเดียวกัน
top brass – the people with the highest positions of authority, especially in the armed forces บุคคลสำคัญ
vehemently – showing very strong feelings, especially anger อย่างรุนแรง, อย่างรุ่มร้อน
reject – to not agree with ปฏิเสธ ไม่ยอมรับ
spark – to make something happen ก่อให้เกิด
figure – someone who is important in some way บุคคลสำคัญ
senior – with a high rank or position อาวุโส
definitely – certain; having no doubts about something อย่างแน่นอน
operate – to carry out a planned activity ปฏิบัติ, ปฏิบัติงาน
constitution – the set of laws and basic principles that a country in governed by รัฐธรรมนูญ
consensus – a generally accepted opinion or decision among a group of people ความคิดเห็นของคนส่วนใหญ่
regarded as – considered to be ถือว่า
rebel – a person who tries to remove a government or leader by force ผู้ก่อกบฏ
unit – a group of people who work or live together, especially for a particular purpose หน่วย,กอง,กลุ่ม
troops – soldiers, especially in large numbers กองทหาร
barracks – a group of buildings where members of the armed forces live and work โรงหรืออาคารใหญ่เป็นที่พักทหาร
permission – allowing someone to do something การอนุญาต,การอนุมัติ,การยินยอม
deemed – considered เห็นว่า ถือว่า
commit – to do something wrong or illegal ทำความผิด
insurrection – an attempt by a group of people to take control of their country by force การกบฏ
file – to take official action like making a complaint ยื่นคำร้อง
complaint – when someone says that something is wrong or not satisfactory การร้องเรียน
conduct – to do something in an organised way; to carry out — ลงมือทำ, ดำเนิน, ปฏิบัติ
pressure – to try to make someone do something by forcing, threatening, or persuading them in a determined way กดดัน
grounds – reasons for saying or doing something เหตุผล
inquiry – an official examination of a problem, crime, accident, etc. in order to get information or the truth การไต่สวนหาข้อเท็จจริง
broadcast – to send out a programme on television or radio กระจายเสียง,กระจายข่าว
involved – taking part or having a role in something เกี่ยวข้อง
the public – people in general ประชาชน, สาธารณชน, มหาชน
link – to connect เชื่อม
separate – to keep or put apart แยก
ensure – – to make certain that something happens or is done ให้การยืนยัน, รับรอง, ให้ความมั่นใจ
party – an organized group of people who have similar ideas about the way in which a country should be governed, and who work together to try to persuade people to vote for them in elections พรรคการเมือง
campaign – a planned series of activities designed to persuade voters to vote for a particular candidate or political party การรณรงค์หาสียง
dissolve the House – to formally end the House of Representatives, usually leading to a general election ยุบสภา
duty-bound – required by your job or assignment ขอบข่ายหน้าที่หรืองานที่ได้รับมอบหมาย
untoward – unexpected and inconvenient or unpleasant ซึ่งไม่เป็นผลดี
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์
dismiss – to refuse to accept that something might be true or important ไม่สนใจ,แย้งกลับ
groundless –based on no good reasons or facts ไม่มีมูลความจริง
charter – a constitution รัฐธรรมนูญ
pave the way – to make something possible or easier to be done ปูทางไว้สำหรับ
appointment – when someone is officially chosen for a job การแต่งตั้ง
wave – an activity or situation which is happening again or is being repeated after a pause
surface – to become known เป็นที่รู้, ปรากฏ, เปิดเผย
movers and shakers – people with power in important organizations ผู้มีอิทธิพล
gather – to come together in a group รวมกลุ่ม, รวมตัวกัน, จับกลุ่มกัน, ชุมนุม