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Many people feel teachers could best serve students and help lessen tensions in society by acting as role models of neutrality, according to a new poll. 

Suan Dusit Poll asked 1,408 people nationwide from April 28 to May 1 what approach they felt teachers should take in the continuing political crisis, both in and outside of the classroom.

Most of those surveyed said teachers should not air their political views in the classroom and should promote peace and unity.

About 23.5% wanted teachers to serve as a good example for children by being politically neutral, while 13.7% encouraged them to raise awareness among students about good deeds, love and unity.

Another 9.7% said teachers should avoid political rallies and refrain from making politically biased comments.

Nearly 7% of respondents said all teachers should gather and publicly express their desire to help restore peace and order.

Meanwhile, the red shirt raid on Chulalongkorn Hospital last Thursday continues to draw widespread criticism across the country.

Multi-coloured shirt supporters in Phayao yesterday condemned the raid, saying they would continue to hold anti-red shirt rallies.

Chiang Mai governor Amornphan Nimanant warned that damage to businesses in the province could reach 30 billion baht if the red shirt rally lasted three months.

He said Chiang Mai's tourism and hotel sectors would be worst affected.

Mr Amornphan said advanced hotel reservations between May and September had dropped below 15%, which is the usual level during the worst of the low season.

All 25 district chiefs have been ordered to explain the effects of the ongoing political crisis to their communities.

They would also encourage residents to refrain from joining the red shirt rallies, Mr Amornphan said.

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