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In Thai demonstrations, both sides need restraint

Process for building national consensus cannot be rushed

Pro-democracy protesters give the three-fingered salute at an Oct. 15 rally in Bangkok demanding that the government resign and release detained movement leaders.   © Reuters

The student-led protests in Thailand show no sign of abating. Last Thursday, the government arrested major leaders of the movement one after another and banned mass gatherings by declaring a state of emergency. Yet protesters have continued pouring out into the streets.

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