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Turning a blind eye to truth in assault on monk

Re: "Staring into the eye of savagery", Opinion, March 27.

Pornpimol Kanchanalak berates those who assaulted a monk outside the NACC offices, but chooses not to comment on reports in the Thai-language media that the monk admitted speaking abusively to the demonstrators and attacking them with his walking stick before they turned on him. In other words, he admitted instigating the violence.

The article implies that only the red shirts were guilty of violent or abusive behaviour, and fails the objectivity test by not citing the many violent acts perpetrated by the anti-government side during the current political crisis. And verbal assaults can be just as odious and hurtful as physical attacks. The recent, utterly vile comment by a prominent media personality expressing disappointment that PM Yingluck was not on the doomed Malaysian airliner was ignored by the author, who reserved her focus for the fracas with the monk. But which of these acts is worse, or more inhuman?

Also, the columnist accuses the red-shirt leaders of becoming fabulously wealthy at the expense of taxpayers, yet offers no evidence. The media are awash with such unsubstantiated, exaggerated or plain false accusations emanating from both sides of the political divide. Let's have a bit more restraint, please.

Robin Grant

Bangkok


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