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Some background on events in 2007

Re: "Referendum needed for charter change", Letters, January 21.

Vint Chavala is right when he states that the 2007 Constitution was approved in a referendum. What he omits to state is that the military were used to help with the campaign for a Yes vote.

During the lead-up to voting, a law was passed to make any criticism of, or objections to, the proposed Constitution a criminal act.

Voters were warned that, in the event of a No vote, the military government would then have the right to impose any constitution of their choosing.

This was hardly a "free and fair" environment in which to hold such an important vote. Just imagine the outrage if the current Government sought to hold a referendum under these conditions.

By the way, following Suthep Thaugsuban's recent description of Prime Minister Yingluck as a "demon", does Vint Chavala

still maintain that the protests are being guided by a spirit of ahimsa?

Robin Grant


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