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Barbarism was already here

Re: "The soul-destroying nature of Suthep's crusade", Letters, January 15.

Pranorm Suko laments that a large section of our community, by legitimising the "dirty tactics" of Suthep Thaugsuban, has taken Thailand another step backwards toward barbarism.

I have a couple of stories to share.

Recently in Chiang Mai, when a group of anti-government protesters came out on the streets and blew their whistles, an opposing gang savagely beat them and chased them away.

A little while later the same gang drove around the city shouting through a microphone, "Those who want to blow their whistles, come out and blow. You can blow on my feet too!"

In another incident a young student was chased and beaten by the same gang in the middle of the street in front of Thapae Gate - for wearing a wristband in the colours of the national flag.

No arrests were made over these incidents.

I relate these stories to remind Panorm Suko that barbarism is already present in many parts of Thailand.

Vint Chavala


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