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Western leaders should stop taking the side of a tyrant

Western leaders making a hue and cry about the coup last month are being untruthful.

Both this coup and the one before it in 2006 were caused solely by Thaksin Shinawatra. Thaksin entered politics and took Thailand down the greedy, corrupt and authoritarian road as has never been done before.

Foreign countries taking the side of Thaksin are using the "democratic principle" as a pretext for their own benefit. Dealing with Thaksin, both in trade and other issues, was easy simply because he is a tyrant.

If you want Thailand to stop having coups, you must stop parading Thaksin as the one who personifies democracy - because that is against the truth and ridiculous! Literate Thais will never stop their anti-Thaksin stance until he quits politics - no matter the price.

Vint Chavala

Bangkok


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