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Thailand cancels emergency decree in bid to calm protests

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The disconnect with people is apparent. Being elite is a self fantasy that holds no water. The peasants are revolting...yes they are!

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Thailand will never get peaceful days under junta government

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One cannot blame the Thai people. The King is one of the most corrupt leaders in the world. He is living the high life in Bavaria while his people are suffering. The German government is now wondering how to handle the fact that he likely is leading a foreign nation from German soil.

https://www.businessinsider.com/inside-luxury-hotel-thailand-king-rama-isolating-coronavirus-bavaria-germany-2020-4?op=1

https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics/International-relations/Thai-king-s-sojourn-in-Bavaria-causes-headache-for-Berlin

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If people's protests and demonstrations can topple their government, there is no need of elections.

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Thailand certainly has a fondness for mass demonstrations and protests! It seems like a national sport over there. One team topples the next , sleep then repeat. It’s either a cultural thing or their is some serious disconnect between the powers that be and the citizens. Is their a shirt color for this latest round for reference?

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There are the most disgusting extremes of wealth and poverty in Thailand. There's also an abusive lese majeste law that shields the royal family from any criticism or satire.

No wonder the increasingly well-educated, young urban kids are fed up with the status quo.

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Thailand certainly has a fondness for mass demonstrations and protests! It seems like a national sport over there. One team topples the next , sleep then repeat. It’s either a cultural thing or their is some serious disconnect between the powers that be and the citizens. Is their a shirt color for this latest round for reference?

The dispute boils down to people of Bangkok who benefit from the largess of the royal family and international development money defending them against people from the much poorer countryside who resent that all the development money goes to Bangkok and often as not to businesses connected to the royal family and rural regions see almost nothing. The Thai military naturally sides with the royal family tipping the scales in their favor. The previous king was seen at least as being more or less honest but the new king is reviled as a wife abuser, playboy and gross money waster. Most view him as deeply immoral and this conflicts with official Thai policy that the king is a god and infallible. Consider that the old movie "The King and I" and the book on which it is based are both banned in Thailand because it depicts the Thai monarch as a normal, fallible human being.

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If people's protests and demonstrations can topple their government, there is no need of elections.

You have it backwards. The demonstrations are a reflection of the lack of a democratic process in Thailand to chose the nation's leadership. The military has repeatedly thrown out the elected government of Thailand and forced on them a royalist party supported by the military and big money interests in Bangkok. The rest of the nation is tired of this but every time an opposition government is elected the military steps in and throws the government out and arrests their leaders.

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Ricky Kaminski13Today  04:01 pm JST

Thailand certainly has a fondness for mass demonstrations and protests! It seems like a national sport over there. One team topples the next , sleep then repeat.

If a government doesn't serve the public and tackles the needs and issues facing them TODAY then it's illegit and doesn't deserve to be in power. Simple as that. Do your duty or step down, get the funk out. That's the way it should be all over the world.

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starpunkToday  11:33 pm UTC

Ricky Kaminski13Today  04:01 pm JST

Thailand certainly has a fondness for mass demonstrations and protests! It seems like a national sport over there. One team topples the next , sleep then repeat.

If a government doesn't serve the public and tackles the needs and issues facing them TODAY then it's illegit and doesn't deserve to be in power. Simple as that. Do your duty or step down, get the funk out. That's the way it should be all over the world.

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“While I can listen to and acknowledge the demands of protesters, I cannot run the country based on protester or mob demands,” Prayuth said.

But a country CAN be run on democratic principles so give the Thai people referendums and allow them to govern their own lives by the ballot!

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starpunk* it’s the post revolutionary madness and chaos that makes me wanna say; No use the democratic process like any other civilized culture and nation does.

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