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Inducing the protesters to negotiate

The government has repeatedly sought to negotiate with the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), but the protesters do not believe that Yingluck's offers are not in good faith.

For example, the Truth for Reconciliation Commission, chaired by Kanit na Nakorn, made several in-depth recommendations, but their work has been ignored by Thaksin & Co.

The PDRC has repeatedly shown that it has the ability to make life very difficult not only for the government, but for the people of Bangkok, with immense knock-on effects on the livelihood of people nationwide.

Yingluck claims that she sees the need for reform in many areas. Thus, as proof of good faith, I suggest that she immediately make the Metropolitan Police Bureau accountable to the mayor of Bangkok - not to the Royal Thai Police. This would meet one of the protesters' original demands, especially since the mayor is directly elected, and is in keeping with former prime minister Anand Panyarachun's 7 Pillars of Sustainable Democracy, ie, decentralisation.

Let's negotiate and avoid a "victory" that destroys our beloved country.

Burin Kantabutra


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