Protests have become worse than their cause: corruption

your say January 19, 2014 00:00

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A simple question, why can't the government use tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets to end the protests?

It is not that citizens should not protest, but rather that once they start causing serious disruptions in breach of the rights of others, something should be done.
This is the third time in less than 10 years that yellow shirts or their arch-enemy the red shirts have made serious efforts to destroy the life of citizens or the government in Bangkok.
Even if the current protests end peacefully, it seems very likely that protesters of some hue will be back in Bangkok challenging the government of the day in the next few years.
Thai government and military officials and politicians should start thinking about this issue now to find long term solutions.
It is now a regular problem in Bangkok that is arguably more disruptive and unacceptable than that which inspired it: corruption.
Simon Wood
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

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