Military Lectures Monks To Love 'Nation, Religion, Monarchy'

Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha on 29 August 2014.

BANGKOK — Members of the armed forces lectured over 300 monks in Nakhon Ratchasima province today about instilling a love for Thailand's 'Three Pillars': Nation, Religion, and Monarchy.

The lecture was organised by local branch of the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) at Wat Sa Kae temple this morning. 379 monks attended the talk, including top prelates and abbots in the province. 

The event was chaired by Maj.Gen. Chotiwat Bhumipattarasawat, deputy commander of the ISOC for Nakhon Ratchasima province.

According to officials, the lecture was a part of the military junta's effort to promote "national reconciliation." The talk reportedly focused on the need to uphold the 'Three Pillars,' as well as maintain "pride in Thainess" and "loyalty to His Majesty the King." 

Since staging the coup against the elected government on 22 May, the junta's National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has launched an intense PR blitz aimed at promoting pro-establishment and conservative values.

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