Gen Chaisith Shinawatra, former army chief and one of former Premier Thaksin's cousins, standing second from right in the second row, heads alumni of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School in a meeting yesterday to declare their opposition gainst the Pitak Siam Group's move to hold a second anti-government rally.
The Pitak Siam Group is led by another retired general, Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit, announced today that the second rally will be held on Nov 24, beginning at 9.01 am, at the Royal Plaza.
He said this will be the last rally to be held by his group and he hopes one million people will turn up.
Gen Boonlert says he isn't really worried about Gen Chaisith's move "because this group comprises only a minority of the military academic alumni. Besides, Gen Chaisith is related to Thaksin. So, there is nothing surprising about this move."
What it boils down to is the fact that the two old generals have decided to stand on opposite sides of Thaksin, for whatever reasons. Both sides have their own former classmates -- who have been persuaded to come out into the open to state their case over Thaksin.
They say old soldiers never die. They just play an old men's political game.