Thai army chief says ‘hatred of nation’ bigger threat than virus

Thai army chief Apirat Kongsompong says hatred for the nation is a bigger threat than Covid-19 as the disease can be cured. – EPA pic, August 5, 2020.

THAILAND’S powerful army chief today told cadets that the “hatred of the nation” plaguing the country is a bigger threat than the coronavirus, as a nascent pro-democracy movement grows bolder.

The kingdom has seen near-daily protests for more than two weeks by mostly young Thais, fuelled by their anger at a pro-military royalist government headed by former army chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha.

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