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PM says all Thais must be held accountable if reconciliation fails

All Thais of different political shades and groups must be held collectively accountable if the government's attempt to work out a national reconciliation blueprint fails, said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha on Tuesday (July 18).

The above remark by the prime minister was in response to a comment on the government's reconciliation play by Jatuporn Prompan, chairman of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), that the government must solely be held accountable if the reconciliation plan does not work.

Prime Minister Prayut said that, for reconciliation to work and become successful, it requires voluntary cooperation from all stakeholders, including all political factions and groups, noting that he could not force any group of stakeholders to join against their will.

Gen Prayut said his government has been providing convenience for all stakeholders to join in the effort to work out the reconciliation blueprint.

The rights under the Constitution means that no violations against the other laws too. Will it be acceptable? The Constitution says that we have the right to protest. Does that mean that we can protest by whatever means we feel like or can we use arms in the protest? The Constitution is the principal law, but there are many organic laws too. There are rules and limits for a protest in the developed countries. They need a permit before protesting and they must go home after the time is over, said the prime minister.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)