Thailand’s army chief on Thursday issued a rare warning that the military may “use force” if political violence escalated after three persons were killed in a grenade and gun attack on anti-government protesters who later stormed the acting premier’s meeting, forcing him to flee.
Concerned by the latest violence that returned to the crisis-hit country in weeks, Army Chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha said: “I want to warn every group – especially those who use violence and war weapons against innocent civilians – to stop now because if the violence continues the military may be needed to come out… to restore peace and order.”
In unusually strong comments, he said his troops “may need to use force to resolve the situation,” threatening “decisive measures” if civilians are hurt, reports PTI.
Earlier, at least three persons were killed and 24 others injured when grenades were hurled at anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) members.
The fresh unrest casts doubts on the July 20 polls, with the EC saying the elections “must be postponed” due to prevailing political unrest that has claimed 28 lives.