When the self-serving amnesty bill put the country on the brink of a new round of political crisis, the government quickly backtracked to appease public anger.
It was the right thing to do. The question, however, is whether or not the government can stem the mass protests now that the genie is out of the bottle.
In a damage-control move, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra promised to give up on the controversial bill as well as six other different versions of the legislation.
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