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The need for change

A lot of people who came out for Monday's protest march probably had misgivings about the movement, its leader, and what it would lead to.

But they came out despite those doubts and questions. Why?

Not all of them are Thaksin haters. Rather, they are haters of the rotten system that produces someone like Thaksin, who knows how to exploit the system and get away with it.

Also, not all of them are fans of a Democrat Party, whose past performance has left a lot to be desired.

They were united by the need to change the existing dysfunctional system into something better. That desire overcame their reluctance. They realised that the many failed attempts to reform the system in the past should not be an excuse to not try it again.

This time around they want the reform to go deeper than just blocking another win for Thaksin and his gang. It should lay the foundation for a robust system that more effectively prevents money politics from dominating. They're also willing to give the Democrats the benefit of the doubt because they are the only ticket offering change.

This is arguably the last chance for the Democrats to redeem themselves. They'd better not mess it up.

Anan Pakvasa

Bangkok




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