Thai woman who told Prime Minister Prayut to "retire soon", claims police

Thai woman who told Prime Minister Prayut to “retire soon”, claims police visited her

A woman who told Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to “retire soon” claims police have requested a meeting with her to discuss her “crime”. The incident took place last Wednesday when the Prime Minister visited Udon Thani and a group of well-wishers welcomed him. A video of the day captured the interaction and caused a stir in the media.

The woman reported that police in the Ban Dung area where the incident took place, visited her home and asked to meet with her to prepare an official report of the incident. She told them she had done nothing wrong and refused to meet them.

The woman in question is a 28-year-old noodle seller from Udon Thani, and during Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s greeting, she had the chance to ask the Prime Minister some straightforward questions. The exchange, captured on video, saw the woman say, “We need a lot of development. If you cannot, I would ask that you retire soon so that others can carry out the duties.”

The Prime Minister was taken by surprise and simply replied, “What?” She repeated her question and he replied that she should look at the progress he had made. She responded with a sarcastic joke.

“I know. You told us to grow lemons and raise fish so we could sell lemons on Mars.”

The attorney general’s office said police do not have the authority to take personal records and fingerprints of the woman, saying it can only be done for criminal suspects, bodies suspected of unnatural death and for people seeking certain permits or public office. They said the woman was not a suspect in a crime, so she has no reason to submit to the police.

The woman says police came to talk to her about the incident with Prime Minister Prayut, but a government spokesman denied the claim, saying he had spoken to the governor of Udon Thani and local police. He told that the woman should not expect any problems?

“The government has never banned anyone from expressing opinions, regardless of their political views. We are always ready to listen and clear up [misunderstandings] with the right information. The prime minister takes equal care of all groups of people.”

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