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A straw to be grabbed

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It's been a long time coming, but it seems cooler minds are beginning to apply some much-needed reason to the national political crisis. It has been 123 days since ex-Democrat Party MP Suthep Thaugsuban appealed for a popular movement to try to overthrow the government. After four months of disruption, anger and killings, there are signs of intervention. There is certainly no guarantee that these tentative steps will succeed. It is certain, though, that the fate of the nation is at stake if they fail. 

Mr Suthep tapped into a vein of dissatisfaction when he called on Oct 31 for the country to rally against the government. The immediate cause for his protest was the stunningly arrogant attempt by Pheu Thai members of parliament to ram through an amnesty bill that few wanted, and most opposed. But Mr Suthep, hardly known as a populist or a rabble-rouser, had no trouble calling tens of thousands to his rolling protests.

Within a month, his People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) was a well-oiled protest machine. Southern people, who favour the Democrats, joined Bangkokians for rallies that have become a fact of daily life.

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