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Cod Satrusayang's family has found a way out of their Thai crisis. They have agreed to stop talking about politics. 

Until the deal was made, Cod said, most gatherings would end in a fight. Mr Cod's mother, who comes from a wealthy family, sides with anti-government protesters calling for an appointed council to run the country, while his father, from a working-class family, believes elections should decide who governs.

Mr Cod's family is not alone in its differences. Eight years of turmoil have exposed rifts throughout society, between rich and poor, urban and rural, north and south. The polarisation has become so entrenched that even if caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is eventually declared the winner of the election held Feb 2, it is unlikely to bring respite to a kingdom some analysts have said is lurching toward civil war.

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