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Social media and Thailand's political conflict don't mix well for many people. Relationships and longtime friendships are being broken every day. Here's an example. 

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An anti-government protester with his smartphone outside Government House. CHANAT KATANYU

Our Sunday magazine Spectrum has a long article today on how social media and Thailand's political conflict can destroy relationships – unless you are careful, of course. Here is one of the many stories from the article. Has anything like this happened to you?

Friends no more

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While the Asia Foundation said Thailand was more tolerant than any nation it had surveyed, not everyone can see beyond the colour barrier of political alliances.

In school 28 years ago, Man and his best friend were inseparable. When they went to university, they were roommates and thick as thieves.

``We were phuen tai [true friends] and we made a promise that we always would be,'' the 43-year-old business owner said. ``We promised nothing could break us apart, not even girls.''

That all changed in the past two months when the political tension flared. Man came to the conclusion the Democrat Party was right for him and began showing his colours online by following and sharing posts from the ``I Support PM Abhisit'' Facebook page.

The friends usually met weekly for dinner and drinks, but lately Man's invitations have been ignored. At first he suspected nothing, but on the phone one day the real reason became clear.

``You are yellow, I am red; we can't get along together any more,'' was the friend's blunt message.

``I can't believe that after 28 years our friendship was destroyed because of politics,'' Man said. ``I don't understand why we can't be friends. Even when we have arguments over football games, because we each support different teams, we could still be friends.

``He told me he had been noticing my movements on Facebook for quite a while and he wasn't happy about it. So he unfriended me in the cyber world and in the real world too.''

You can read the full story here: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/investigation/387137/when-friends-show-their-true-colours

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Vocabulary:

alliance: a coalition; an arrangement to work together - พันธมิตร

argument: a conversation or discussion in which two or more people disagree, often angrily - การโต้แย้ง, การแย้ง, การโต้เถียง

barrier: anything that prevents people from being together or understanding each other - อุปสรรค

blunt: very direct; saying exactly what you think without trying to be polite - โผงผาง

conclusion: something that you decide is true after consider all the evidence and thinking about it carefully - การสรุป,บทสรุป

conflict: an angry disagreement between people or groups - ความขัดแย้ง

cyberspace: virtual space, theoretical place in which one is located when connected to a computer network such as the Internet - โลกบนอินเตอร์เนท

flare: to suddenly become angry or violent - ระเบิด (อารมณ์, ความรุนแรง)

foundation: an organisation that provides money for things such as medical research or for a charity - มูลนิธิ

ignore: to intentionally not listen or give attention to - ทำเพิกเฉย

inseparable: being very good friends and spending much time together - เพื่อนสนิท, แยกไม่ได้

invitation: a written or spoken request asking someone to meet you or to do something with you - คำเชิญ

nation: a country considered as a group of people with the same language, culture and history, who live in a particular area under one government; all the people in a country - ประเทศ, คนในประเทศ

relationship: the way in which two people, groups or countries behave towards each other or deal with each other - ความสัมพันธ์

roommate: a person that you share a room with, especially at a college or university เพื่อนร่วมห้อง - เพื่อนร่วมห้อง

social media: the use of web-based and mobile technologies to turn communication into an interactive dialogue, e.g., Facebook, Twitter, etc. - เครือข่ายสังคมออนไลน์

survey: the act of asking for and recording information - การสำรวจ, การหาข้อมูล

suspect: to believe that something is true, especially something bad - สงสัย, เป็นที่สงสัยว่า

tension: the feeling caused by a lack of trust between people, groups or countries - ความตึงเครียด

thick as thieves: being very close friends; doing everything together -

tolerant: able to accept what other people say or do even if you do not agree with it - ซึ่งยอมรับฟังความคิดเห็นของผู้อื่น

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