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Increased likelihood of NCPO intervention in Thailand’s political parties and civil activities raises protest risks

01 November 2018


Following the spread of a controversial rap song critical of the military government, Thai Defence Ministry General Kongcheep Trantravanich on 1 November called on the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to investigate whether the song “intends to provoke violence”.

Thailand is expected to hold a general election by February 2019. Current prime minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha has indicated that the ban on political activities will probably be lifted in December 2018. Concurrently, new army chief General Apirat Kongsompong has stated that he could not rule out another coup if civil unrest breaks out after the election, according to the Bangkok Post .

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