A Thai cabinet minister who defied orders to report to the coup-makers emerged from hiding on Tuesday to demand a return to civilian government.
Education Minister Chaturon Chaisaeng also warned that resistance to the military takeover would grow and “lead to a disaster for this country.”
The junta, which seized power on May 22, has detained most top members of the country's elected government, and it ordered Chaturon and others to turn themselves in or face jail terms and fines.
Speaking to the media at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand in Bangkok, Chaturon said “a coup d’état is not a solution to the problems or conflicts in Thai society, but will make the conflicts even worse.”
The minister said he would not resist arrest or go underground, but since he does not accept the coup, he could not report to those who staged it.
“I still insist to use my own rights and liberty to call for returning the country to democracy,” he added.
The SET index, meanwhile, gained 4.73 points to close at 1,393.02 this afternoon.