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CNS criticise Thaksin for remarks

February 6, 2007

The chief of the Council for National Security (CNS) Sonthi Boonyaratglin has gone on record to say that “the final chapter is near” for ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. He claims the people will judge him for his remarks concerning His Majesty the King. The comments were mad in an interview in Time magazine’s February 12 issue that Sonthi says implied His Majesty the King backed the September 19 coup.

Thaksin was quoted as saying. “It was the same with Thailand’s 17 other coups. First, the people are shocked. Then they start to voice their concerns. And then they start to accept it, especially after it’s endorsed by His Majesty the King, “They’re very disciplined. They obey. But they are watching what the new rulers are doing and when they will return democracy to the people. People’s tolerance is limited.

I think these comments can be interpreted two ways. Either you can interpret it as direct criticism of the King and an implication that he was behind the coup or you can interpret it as a statement of what actually happened (the coup happened and then the King endorsed it).

How the general population perceive this interview will be absolutely critical to Thaksins future.

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