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Opinion

Thai protesters must force reform, not a revolution

Compromise the only way to create a genuine constitutional monarchy

| Thailand
Pro-democracy protesters gathered at Democracy Monument in Bangkok on Aug. 16: they want to reset the rules and create a genuine constitutional monarchy.   © NurPhoto/Getty Images

Thitinan Pongsudhirak is professor and director of the Institute of Security and International Studies at Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Political Science in Bangkok.

The first 20 years of the new century have been anything but harmonious for Thailand, spawning prolonged violent confrontations between street protesters and the military, two military coups, and two new constitutions.

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