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Postbag: Let Chitpas hold forth

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I have no problems with letting Chitpas Kridakorn lead her fellow graduates in taking the traditional oath-taking ceremony at the Chulalongkorn University graduation. Those against her say she is wanted on a treason charge for her protest activities, including laying siege to state buildings and barring people from voting. But all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty, and she has shown no signs of seeking to escape accountability. 

Other critics say that by co-leading the anti-government protesters, she represents partisanship and divisiveness, not unity. I agree that we sorely need unity, but I suggest that diversity is fine — and that our unity should come from using peaceful means to understand each other and accept, even celebrate, our differences. For example, Thais are much more accepting of gender preferences than in, say, America or some Arab nations, and I hold that we are the richer for it. Thus, rather than condemn Chitpas for protesting what she perceived as injustice, we should condemn her — and ourselves — for not finding a less disruptive way to understand the valid needs, if any, of those with whom we disagree.

Dear reader, if she fought for the cause dearest to your heart, acting precisely as she did, would you object to her leading the oath? If not, then let the lady have her say.

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