Thaksin's son warned by Thai army over social media posts

Panthongtae Shinawatra, the only son of ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. -- PHOTO: THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
Panthongtae Shinawatra, the only son of ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. -- PHOTO: THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

BANGKOK (THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Thai army on Monday warned the son of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra to be careful following comments he posted on social media after the impeachment of his aunt and another ex-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, last week.

Panthongtae Shinawatra posted an image of a clenched fist with captions alluding to a popular protest song on Instagram, after Ms Yingluck was impeached on Friday.

On Monday, Army Chief General Udomdej Sitabutr, shot back at the younger Shinawatra asking him to "be careful" with his messages.

"Please tell him if he wants things to remain peaceful and if we want to follow the roadmap back to democracy to be careful with his thoughts," Mr Udomdej said, according to Thairath newspaper.

Ms Yingluck was impeached Friday by the country's military-appointed legislature on negligence charges over a failed rice subsidy scheme. The impeachment carries an automatic ban from politics of five years, and Ms Yingluck is also expected to face criminal charges stemming from corruption allegations.

The impeachment is seen by many as part of efforts by the Thai military to eradicate the influence of her brother Thaksin from the country.

Ms Yingluck was removed from office in May 2014 by the Constitutional Court after months of street demonstrations, including by farmers who had not been paid under the rice scheme.

The rest of her government was ousted later that month by a military coup that installed the current legislature and cabinet.