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The people's voice, yes - but Suthep is the conductor

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

Pranom Suko contends that it was "the voice of the people" that stopped the draft amnesty bill, and not Suthep Thaugsuban's initiative at the Samsaen rally site.

I beg to differ. It is clear that the credit goes to Suthep's "crazy" strategy, though I still do not understand how he managed to gain an edge over those minions of Thaksin Shinawatra who chase their own shadows. The people's voice would never have been united so forcefully without Suthep's unorthodox conduct and demagoguery.

The amnesty bill was shamefully passed in a rush by the House on November 1. The Nation reported on November 4 that Suthep led protesters at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in a vow to defeat that bill. Craftily, he moved his protest site from Samsaen that day to the national grievance centre at Rajdamnoen. The rest is history. I would have thought his igniting protests that led to success for the first time in defeating Pheu Thai arrogance would be a great trophy. But he has been greedy in wanting to eradicate the Shinawatra's too-clever-by-half Machiavellian politics from Thailand permanently.

Though I don't like his methods, so far I love his results.

Songdej Praditsmanont


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