11 July 2024

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister, Prawit Wongsuwan, in his capacity as leader of the Palang Pracharat Party, today announced the party’s full support of and reverence for the Monarchy, in the wake of protesters’ demand for sweeping reform of the institution.

He said the ruling party supports amending the Constitution, but not chapters 1 and 2, which relate to democratic administration and the Monarchy.

He added that the party is concerned about the current political situation and the increase in instances of people allegedly committing acts deemed to offend the Monarchy.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha recognizes the rights of the protesters to stage or join a public rally, but the protests must remain within the scope of the law, said Government Spokesman Mr. Anucha Burapachaisri today.

He also quoted the Prime Minister as saying that the Government is ready to listen to the problems of all sectors of Thai society and is determined to address them all.

Expressing concern over the safety of the protesters, who are mostly young people, Mr. Anucha said “the Prime Minister has instructed police to be on the lookout for ill-intentioned third parties, who might mingle among the protesters with the intention of stirring up violence for political gain.“

The Prime Minister, said the spokesman, asks the public to remain peaceful and to follow news from Government media sources, the Government’s efforts to control the spread of COVID-19 and its work to revive the country’s struggling economy.