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Thai coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha warns street protesters against 'return to old days' and threatens crackdown

General Prayuth Chan-ocha warns citizens not to cause trouble following royal backing for coup

Bolstered by a royal endorsement, Thailand’s junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha warned citizens yesterday not to cause trouble, not to criticise, not to protest — or else face a return to the “old days.”

King Bhumibol Adulyadej had just officially endorsed General Prayuth to run the country in a royal command that supposedly called for “reconciliation among the ­people.”

In a 20-minute appearance, General Prayuth told anti-coup protesters to stop.

“Do you want to go back to the old days?” he asked. “If you want it that way, then I will have to enforce the law.”

He added: “I’m not here to argue with anyone … Do not criticise, do not create new problems. It’s no use.”

An aide to former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra said she had just been released from military custody.

Ms Shinawatra had been held at an undisclosed location without a phone since Friday.


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