Defense Chief: PM Not Involved In Redshirts Protest Against Judges

(3 May) A top government official today tried to distance PM Yingluck Shinawatra from the ongoing Redshirts protest against the Constitutional Court, saying it was "wrong" to assume that Ms. Yingluck is personally encouraging the protesters.

Air Chief Marshal Sukhumpon Suwannatat, the Minister of Defense, told reporters that even though the Redshirts were the major voting base for Pheu Thai Party, there were also other parties? bases, denying the speculation that the protesters are enjoying support from the party or the government.

People who were in charge of re-issue the laws should be doing their job. There should be no intervention from other organisations, he said, he case of the Redshirts wanting to drive out the judges is just an expression of political disagreement\r

ACM Sukhmpon stressed that the protesters should not resort to violence. The Minister of Defense also explained about former PM Thaksin Shinawatra′s Skype in the Pheu Thai Party meeting to order the change of law by saying that Mr. Thaksin was just expressing his opinions.