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Most residents expect violence to continue, survey finds

THE MAJORITY of respondents to a poll in Bangkok - taken before yesterday's grenade attack - thought the political situation would tend to become even more violent.

The poll surveyed 1,369 respondents in the capital on Friday and Saturday. It found the majority, about 82 per cent, thought the situation would turn more violent and challenge the law or result in calls for a coup, according to researchers at the Suan Dusit University.

About 16 per cent of respondents said they were not certain of the situation and the remaining 1.4 per cent did not think Friday's incident would be repeated.

The poll found that 71 per cent said they viewed the attack as too extreme and that Thais should not harm one another, while 17 per cent believed it was part of a political game and the remainder called for the immediate arrest of the bomb throwers.

Some 68 per cent viewed the attack as being carried out by a third party. Some 21 per cent believed politicians, 8 per cent said mafia and 3 per cent believed government or the PDRC itself were involved in the attack.

Based on the poll, 58 per cent of the respondents thought more |people would join the PDRC protests after the bomb attack, while 42 per cent thought fewer people would take part.

When asked about how to stop the violence, 68.5 per cent said all political factions should reconcile and jointly solve the problems. Some 17 per cent believed that tightening up security measures and personnel would help, while the rest asked the government and authorities, including police and soldiers, to stay |neutral and perform their duties accordingly.

When asked what message they would like to pass on to the government, 52 per cent said it should step back and listen to the people's voices.

In a message to the PDRC, 47 per cent said it should conduct its protests peacefully.

And 46 per cent called on the |military to stay neutral and not get involved in politics.


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