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Hazing ritual a reflection of militarism

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Is there a chance that our police and soldiers will stop using torture as a means to get a confession? Is there a chance that our country will become a strong democracy without fear of military intervention? Not a chance as long as our society still endorses the barbarism of college hazing. 

There have been many explanations for the May 22 coup and the overwhelming support for the putsch by mainstream society. Some say it is the manifestation of ideological clashes and class conflicts from widening disparity and rapid social change. Others say it's simply a power grab game during the country's transitional period. I have my own theory: we are trapped in a cycle of coups and a culture of violence because ours is a culture of militarism.

Before I explain my culture theory, please let me express my deep condolences to the Saengrojrat family. On Saturday, 17-year-old Phokhai Saengrojrat collapsed on a beach during a hazing ritual in Hua Hin. He died before he reached the hospital.

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