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Suthep seeking coup d'etat?

Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban says he would countersign His Majesty's appointment of a protest-selected prime minister, after which the non-elected government would seize the Shinawatras' assets (without due process of law), and all civil servants would report to the protesters.

I, for one, renounce such non-democratic actions, which amount to a coup d'etat. Even by the protesters' own count, they have never approached even a quarter of the electorate, let alone a majority. Suthep has "tried" the whole clan of Shinawatras all by himself, without discriminating among them and without giving anybody the chance to defend him/herself; the key principle of "innocent until proven guilty" has gone out the window. What he promises is hardly any different from Thaksin's dictatorship of the majority.

Suthep should back off and help shield the judicial system from political interference so that, regardless of whether the defendants are Thaksin & Co, Abhisit, or Suthep himself, shirts of all colours can see that justice has been done, and done quickly. Let the rule of law govern us all.

Burin Kantabutra


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