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Suthep follows wishes of crowd, not vice versa

Re: "PDRC hijacked the people's voice", Letters, January 1.

Pranorm Suko was being too simplistic in saying Suthep Thaugsuban bluffed his way through and grabbed the credit when protesters forced the government to withdraw the amnesty bill.

Though Suthep is one of the most effective speakers in this country, he always ends his speeches by asking the crowd what steps to take next. Hence, if the protesters refuse to follow his lead, he has no way of directing them otherwise.

The fact is, many grievances besides the amnesty bill inspired protesters to come out on the streets in such large numbers.

A good example is the government's rice-pledging scheme, which is failing both the country and the farmers. Most important of all is that government politicians have not been punished for challenging the Constitutional Court when it ruled that their attempt to change the law was unconstitutional.

If we allow the government and the Pheu Thai Party to have their way and let the February 2 election proceed, it would pave the way for them to reclaim legitimacy and to repeat their unlawful acts with impunity ad infinitum.

Vint Chavala


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