BANGKOK, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- Thai caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawtra said Tuesday that the military would not stage a coup to end the current political tumult.
Commanders of all armed forces have learned lessons from the past and they will consider long-term repercussions of a coup, Yingluck was quoted by Bangkok Post as saying.
The best solution lies in talks, she added.
Yingluck and the top military brass still talk regularly and they trust each other, according to PM's Secretary-General Suranand Vejjajiva.
Suranand said he believed the military leaders would not consider staging a coup.
Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha on Tuesday pleaded for no violence during the planned operation to shut down Bangkok on Jan. 13, saying that the government would be held accountable if violence occurs.
Yingluck insisted the government try to prevent clashes in the operation and no weapons be allowed in rally areas that day.
The shutdown operation will cause severe damage to the Thai economy, Pichai Naripthaphan, a former energy minister and member of the ruling Pheu Thai Party's economic team, said Tuesday.
According to Pichai, at least 60 international flights into Bangkok were canceled Monday and some foreign investors had relocated their bases to neighboring countries.
Thai protesters stage warm-up rally for Bangkok shutdown
BANGKOK, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's anti-government protesters on Sunday morning began a warm-up rally to mobilize more people to join a mass campaign planned on Jan. 13 to paralyze the capital.
Led by Suthep Thaugsuban, secretary-general of the People's Democratic Reform Committee, protesters started at about 10 a.m. a march of about eight km in downtown Bangkok. Full story
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Pro-gov't Thai Red Shirts to deter protesters' "Bangkok shutdown"
BANGKOK, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's pro-government Red Shirt activists said Thursday they will gather en masse and counter anti- government protesters who have planned to "shut down" the Thai capital on Jan. 13.
Chatuporn Prompand, leader of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, the official name of the Red Shirt movement, said on Thursday that Red Shirt members will keep Bangkok open as normal while former deputy premier Suthep Thuagsuban, leader of the anti-government protesters, planned to have his followers occupy its major streets, cut off power and water supplies at varied government premises and paralyze road traffic in the inner part of the capital. Full story