Army to visit Isan to soothe social disunity
The army plans to visit red-shirted groups in the Northeast as part of a mission to ease social disunity.
Army chief Gen Anupong Paojinda has ordered military officers to launch the mission to the Isan region, a stronghold of the defunct Thai Rak Thai party founded by Thaksin Shinawatra.
The North and Northeast are dominated by pro-Thaksin supporters, known for wearing their symbolic red shirts.
Many of them have announced they will stage protests against the new Democrat party-led government.
"Basically I love Isan people," said Gen Anupong.
"We can't force them to love certain people. If they get angry, we have to talk with them calmly.
And I want to talk with them," he added.
"Soldiers can go into the local areas and talk to the people there. We're most willing to do that if it's not interfering with politics," Gen Anupong said.
Seriously, I can't think of an institution in this world that is more shameless than the Thai military.