Thai army chief urges action against red-shirt leader

Army Commander-in-Chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha Thursday has urged the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order to act against a Pathum Thani red-shirt leader for allegedly manifesting the wish to partition Thailand.

Prayuth said he would ask the CMPO to speed up action against Wutthipong Kotchathamkhun, alias Ko Tee, for having put up a sign that calls for secession of the North and Northeast from Thailand.

Prayuth said the CMPO must take an action against the red-shirt leader because the body is in charge of keeping law and order in Bangkok and adjacent provinces.

The Army chief said Wutthipong had allegedly violated Articles 113, 114, 116 and 117 of the Criminal Code.

Prayuth Chan-ocha added that he always informed caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of improper actions by the red shirts.

Prayuth was responding to a reporter's query as to whether he asked Yingluck to put a stop to red shirt campaigns.

"I have been talking to her all along and she said she will try to stop them. I've report to her all the time," Prayuth said.

When asked whether the Army still had good ties with the government, Prayuth said he had good ties with everyone in the country.