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Eight recommendations for a violence-free Thailand

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  • Writer: Prawase Wasi
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On the bright side, the ongoing colour-coded politics reflect the strong political awareness of the Thai public. The number of politically active Thais, whether they are affiliated with the red-shirt, yellow-shirt, multi-coloured or no-coloured factions, must reach several million. 

This massive number marks a political turning point for the country. This could lead to a violent crisis, or it could lead to peace. Needless to say, if we continue to fuel the politics of hatred, violence is inevitable.

The red-shirt network has a strong stance against a coup d'etat being launched. If there is a coup, bloodshed is a likely consequence. The yellow shirts, meanwhile, are against corruption and disrespect for the monarchy. To accuse someone of thinking about abolishing the monarchy is a very serious accusation. If not defused in time, the conflicts over different views on the monarchy will eventually land the country with major bloodshed.

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