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A plea to the UN and the US

The United Nations and the US government have recently reminded Thailand it should adhere to democracy and accept a democratically elected government.

Both the UN and Washington may have misread the situation here.

Corruption has been rampant and chronic during the past two years, prompting the urban middle class and the rice farmers to rally in Bangkok simultaneously to demand the Yingluck government resign.

The protesters are generally peaceful, unarmed and orderly. However, the government has been vicious and callous.

On Saturday, a five-year-old girl died when she was shot in the head while accompanying her mother, who was selling noodles at a protest site in the Eastern province of Trat.

On Monday, a six-year-old girl died as a result of a bomb thrown into a protest site at Ratchadamri Road in Bangkok. The girl's death followed that of her four-year-old brother, who died instantly in the same incident a day earlier.

The efforts of the UN and US government would perhaps be better employed investigating the Yingluck government's human rights records in its treatment of peaceful protesters in Thailand.

Vint Chavala


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