Statement of Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha

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A series of violent incidents in certain areas of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Krabi, Trang, Nakorn Sri Thammarat, Phang Nga, Phuket, Surat Thani, which are popular tourist destinations for both Thais and foreigners, during 11 – 12 August 2016, has led to several deaths and injuries of innocent people and struck deeply at the hearts of Thais across the nation.   The attacks will be a constant reminder for Thais, as well as a testimony to the fact that there are immoral people still residing in our society, who have stirred up disturbances even before the referendum and on this very auspicious day. The national Mother’s day, which should have been a day of joy and togetherness for Thai families, as we honour Her Majesty the Queen , has been tainted with such grievous incidents.Statement-of-Prime-Minister-General-Prayut-Chan-o-cha-500x300

I wish to convey my deepest condolences to the victims of this tragic incident, Thais and foreigners alike. The government will provide you with the utmost care and assistance, and will do its best to investigate these incidents to find those responsible and bring them to justice through judicial procedures. While it cannot be concluded at this very moment as to who has been behind these acts, please allow the authorities concerned to undertake their tasks to the best of their abilities, without undue aggravation, as the government renders full support to our security agencies.  The Government shall provide its utmost support to the security authorities and keep the general public updated on the investigations into these incidents. Any necessary warning to the public shall be issued should it be needed, until the situation becomes clearer through evidence gathered and with judicial processes.

I ask that all citizens and the media remain calm. From this moment onward, with a view to upholding public safety, we urge the general public to stay vigilant and assign volunteers in your own area to oversee all important places and tourist locations throughout the country and immediately inform the security agencies nearby if any suspicious activities found. To all Diplomatic and Consular corps as well as all foreign nationals living in Thailand, the Government stands ready to ensure the safety and security of the interest of all nationals.  At this moment it is crucial for all Thais to be united in order to bring about security and safety.  The Prime Minister, the government, the NCPO, the police and the army are committed to performing their duties without triggering any possible conflict or putting the blame on anyone.  This is the time for the nation to be unified.  Today many countries have expressed their condolences through diplomatic representatives.

The Thai government has never harmed or been involved in a conflict with any party, domestic and foreign.  We have to make this world a safe and peaceful place.  My heart is with all the officials who have tirelessly been working prior to the referendum up until today.  Please do not be disheartened.  Be mindful and tackle the problems to the best of your ability.

Lastly, I would like to encourage Thai people to remain united and assist in ridding the country of those with ill intentions.  Please understand that the NCPO is tasked with the great responsibility of bringing the country forward together with the global community and through hard times like this we must be united in our efforts to overcome the obstacles as soon as possible.