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With reference to the column titled “Thai military risks weakening the monarchy” by Pavin Chachavalpongpun published in the Jan. 22 issue, I wish to clarify some points as follows.

First, the monarchy has been and always remains above politics. Attempts to politicize the monarchy must be resisted, especially if one side or another tries to drag the monarchy into the political fray. Prior to May 22, 2014, the prolonged political deadlock and the administrative paralysis have been devastating to Thailand in terms of instability, protracted conflicts and social divisiveness.

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