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An election is imperative

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It is almost a certainty that the end-of-year title of "most unlikely revolutionary" will go to ex-politician, ex-minister, ex-influential figure Suthep Thaugsuban. Mr Suthep's appearances on the various stages of dissenting groups in the past two months have been riveting. But more to the point, they always exposed the faults, problems and lack of ethics of a badly flawed government. Today, he has promised, his campaign will end. 

Bangkokians have been asked by Mr Suthep to choose to march this morning at the auspicious time of 9:39. He hopes a great mass of citizens will assemble and show Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and others why they can no longer govern.

All Thais have the constitutional and moral right to gather, demonstrate and appeal to the government. Citizens should consult their consciences and do the right thing. They should, however, determine two points before acting. The first must be, pro- or anti-government, to keep it legal and non-violent. The second is that every action has a reaction, and every political decision _ for or against Mr Suthep's "do-or-die" rally today _ has consequences. One must also consider that the political future of this nation will not be decided in a day, not this day or any other single day.

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