The 1st Army Commander has launched a programme entitled ‘Thais Protect the Land’ to organize the people to fight threats against the monarchy.
On 2 Apr, Lt Gen Udomdet Seetabut, 1st Army Commander and Director of Internal Security Operations Command Region 1, presided over the opening ceremony of a programme to build people’s networks at the Phra Pradaeng district hall in Samut Prakan.
Lt Gen Udomdet said that society was beset not only with the problems of crime and drugs, but currently also with offences and attacks against the monarchy by ill-intentioned groups of people in various forms.
This problem greatly affects national security. As the Army has the duty to protect the monarchy and is tasked with mass mobilization and building up people’s networks, the 1st Army has assigned the 11th Military Circle to come up with this programme to make the people aware of their duty to protect the nation, religion and king, to instil unity among them and to encourage them to take part in preventing and solving problems which affect internal security and social order, he said.
He said that the objective of this training was to make the people understand their duty to be good citizens, and understand that the monarchy had contributed to the nation from the past to the present, so that the monarchy would continue to remain in the country. He hoped that the trainees would further disseminate the knowledge they received
‘I don’t want anybody to make use of this course to fight anyone. But we have to work together with our hearts to find the way to unite the people, particularly for the sake of the monarchy which is subject to attacks and rumours. So I want to ask all Thais to help and understand. If we help each other and have good will, bad things will vanish. Our nation will be secure. The threats to the monarchy will vanish. Come to help create love and unity among our compatriots,’ he said.