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Re: "Surapong fears violence if court rules against PM", Politics, April 4.

Is it justifiable for government to encourage a large militant group to invade the capital? It worked for Mussolini but surely not in Thailand.

The Nation's report reads: "Red-shirt rallies could turn violent if the Constitutional Court rules against caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in relation to the transfer of the National Security Council (NSC) chief, Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul warned yesterday."

Red-shirt rallies have always been violent. Surapong is just giving advanced excuses for it to happen. If the prime minister would do the right thing and resign it would still not be averted.

A man who believes he can give a diplomatic passport to a criminal on the run is ill-placed to make any judgement about what is and what is not legal. His open threat should also be challenged in the court. A chance for the "honest and independent" Attorney General to earn his stripes. He could start by arresting Jatuporn for breaking his bail conditions.

Richard Bowler

Bangkok


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