Thai PM Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra told the military on Tuesday to help guard against drives toward separatism, and told Cabinet ministers to avoid creating conditions that might add fuel to the fire.
As the Minister of Defense, Ms. Yingluck asked the armed forces commanders to help provide internal security oversight in every province.
She told the military that focus should be on groups that were likely to commit legal offenses or act outside the framework of the charter. She also said all groups in all localities should be treated equally.
The prime minister told reporters she had already spoken to some ministers asking them to avoid inflaming tensions through their speeches. The UDD had also been told to do the same, according to Ms. Yingluck.
Defense Ministry Spokesperson Thanathip Sawangsaeng said after the meeting of the Defense Council that the prime minister expressed concern over ideas of separating the country, which were recently expressed by certain groups.
Colonel Thanathip said the armed forces commanders had been asked to prevent acts of separatism or unlawful acts.