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Let's not forget the crisis that fostered the coup

Re: "Why not accept martial law as the status quo?", Letters, July 22

It looks as though Somsak Pola has made a valid point in saying that coups should not be happening in Thailand in this day and age.

However, illegal as it is, a coup that can restore peace and harmony is not only acceptable but laudable. Somsak should have considered the facts and situation that were prevalent prior to the May 22 coup: First, the Yingluck government had turned a blind eye to the killings of people and children at, or near, the anti-government rallies. War weapons were used. The police did nothing. There was a state of lawlessness.

Second, the rice price-pledging scheme was mired in corruption. The government was accused of not only being inefficient but untruthful to the people. Third, plutocracy under the tyrannical rule of fugitive Thaksin Shinawatra was still the rule of the day - not democracy.

Vint Chavala

Bangkok


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