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Pheu Thai candidate faces police complaint

Pheu Thai candidate faces police complaint

By THE NATION
Published on June 11, 2011

The Army has filed a police complaint against a Pheu Thai candidate in Bangkok for allegedly threatening an on-duty soldier with a pistol, the Army spokesman said yesterday.

Colonel Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the complaint was filed against Pairote Issaraseripong.The soldier in question is an Army sergeant who is part of the government's anti-narcotics Unit 315 and was gathering information in Nong Chok district before his encounter with Pairote, the spokesman said.

The issue turned into a conflict between the Army and the Pheu Thai Party as each side started accusing the other of politicising the matter.

Sansern insisted yesterday that Pairote - who was accompanied by six or seven other men - confronted the sergeant and signalled that he was carrying a pistol.

"I am not worried if there is a complaint filed against me. As a public official, I am ready for that," the Army spokesman said, adding that Unit 315 was effective in reducing the narcotics problem in the city.

Meanwhile, Pheu Thai's prime-ministerial candidate Yingluck Shinawatra said yesterday that she had no problems with the government or the Army over the anti-narcotics campaign and Unit 315. However, she asked for relevant parties to "play by the rules". She did not elaborate.

As for reports that the authorities would look into some "villages of the red shirts" in the North and Northeast, Yingluck said these villages had been called that because some people had probably put up a few too many banners. She was quick to add that she personally did not want people to be split into different political colours.

The red shirts regard themselves as supporters of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra - Yingluck's brother - who is believed to be pulling the strings behind Pheu Thai.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, who is also leader of the Democrat Party, said yesterday that he had heard these so-called red-shirt villages were meant to mobilise people, but the purpose of this mobilisation remained unclear.

When asked whether this move would divide society further, Abhisit asked people to think for themselves and do what they could to allow the country to go forward.
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