STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
It has to be accepted that the Thai political scene is severely polarised, much beyond the normal differences of opinion that exist in a democratic system where the rules of the system are accepted by nearly all of the population, at least as a starting point for political change.
But in Thailand, there is even polarisation over the legitimate rules of the system, and feelings of extreme resentment are still running high on both sides over recent violent events.
There is a clear danger of future violence on a scale closer to civil war if either side is provoked by extreme measures taken by the other; for example, if a Pheu Thai election victory were to be derailed by a legal judgement or military coup, or if a Pheu Thai government were to swiftly facilitate the return of a defiant Thaksin Shinawatra by means of amnesty and pardon.
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