Thai Defense Minister dismisses coup rumors as unfounded

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BANGKOK, 9 February 2012 (NNT) – Thai Defense Minister Air Chief Marshal Sukumpol Suwanatat has demanded that Pheu Thai Party List MP Mr. Jatuporn Prompan stop spreading rumors about a military coup, while also urging those opposing the lese majeste law to stop their movement.

According to the Defense Minister, Mr. Jatuporn said he had received an inside information from the American intelligence agency which, he claimed, that another coup was in the making and slated to take place in April.

The Air Chief Marshal said the U.S. would have come to him instead of Mr. Jatuporn had the information been true. He added that, while the information remains unverified, Mr. Jatuporn should not have made such a statement as it would provoke undue chaos.

He has reassured, in his capacity as the head of the Thai Defense Ministry, that the military will do no such thing. The military is also duty bound to defend the monarchy and many high ranking military officials have shown their strong opposition against the movement to amend the lese majeste law, said the Minister.

He further added that protesters should stop campaigning for the revision of this sensitive law on a daily basis as it would have a negative impact on Thailand in the eyes of the world community.

Read more: NNT

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