Military raid Pheu Thai’s book launch party

A combined force of soldiers and police today raided a book launch party of former Pheu Thai party's MPs at a restaurant inside the Wachirabenchathat park or known as State Railway public park in Chatuchak and ordered them to stop the party, reasoning what they did is a defiance of the military junta's order.

The party was scheduled to introduce a book Toppling the Rice Pledging Scheme is Killing the Farmers at Ploy Naree restaurant. Author of the book is former deputy agriculture Minister Yuthapong Charasathien while co-authors included several former Pheu Thai MPs.

Soldiers and police used traffic barricades to block the entrance to restaurants with signboard saying the launch party is illegal and violates the military junta's order.

Soldiers told the former minister in the Yingluck Shinawatra administration that the party is a violation of Order 3/2558 of the National Council for Peace and Order because its theme is political.

They were told to stop the party immediately.

The former deputy agriculture minister said he was ready to cooperate in calling off the book launch party, but insisted to put the books on sale at a big book exhibition at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre to be held soon.

At the same time, former Singburi MP of the Pheu Thai party Surasarl Phasook, one of the authors of the book, said contents in the book are mostly facts that were reflected by the angle of the former MPs and all information are unlikely to incite unrest or disturb peace.

He said all were determined to the distribution of the books at the book exhibition.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)