It is a basic right of Thais to gather, petition their government and speak their mind on politics and most other subjects. Sunday's gathering at the Royal Turf Club was a peaceful demonstration of this core right. The crowd that filled many of the 20,000 seats at the horse-racing track was sometimes raucous, but never threatening. Yet the participants should ask if the country really needs another round of divisive politics _ and decide that the answer is "no".
The publicity-hungry leader of the latest anti-Thaksin Shinawatra, anti-government group is retired Gen Boonlert Kaewprasit. The general has infamously called for a military coup to overthrow the Yingluck Shinawatra government. "I'd love to see a coup," he told this newspaper just a little more than a week ago.
Thailand has no real need of more large-scale political protests for now. But it especially has no need of a military coup _ ever. It was encouraging to hear the army commander put down this mad proposal. Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha noted the government was elected, and then added: "Any government of this country is a legal entity." That is the correct answer, and the only legitimate one.
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