SAMANTHA HAWLEY: Okay, well can we talk about another key element of democracy which no longer exists here. That is free speech and freedom of movement. It’s very clear now that you are trying to contain free speech, the freedom of movement of some people who want to express a different view.
WEERACHON SUKONDHAPATIPAK: People keep slander one another, people keep saying something insulted one another. That result, people keep putting hate speech everywhere in order to incite the unrest. This is the key factor that cause unrest in Thailand, that cause social divided in Thailand.
SAMANTHA HAWLEY: I understand there is hate, there has been hate speech from some quarters in Thailand, but the military has also detained many other people, academics for instance, journalists, a very well known journalist from The Nation newspaper, who has been detained for daring to criticise what is unfolding in this country. It was not hate speech.
WEERACHON SUKONDHAPATIPAK: Let me go back to the issue of deten- of, you know, of the freedom of expression that people’s opinion, because we need to stop creating a negative attitude to one another. And for those who have been detained as you mention, we have a clear evidence that their idea, their comment has made the work of the council, National Council for Peace and Order, become more difficult. And people will feel…
SAMANTHA HAWLEY: But wider than that, what you really mean is if people criticise the coup or what the military is doing, then they are vulnerable?
WEERACHON SUKONDHAPATIPAK: About the freedom of expression, he criticise the military and that, the opinion, you know, out of that criticism could perhaps incite the peoples to, or incite the unrest.