PRAYER—A HEALING PROTEST

THE TURMOIL AND VIOLENCE in Thailand this spring, and continuing tension, have presented a country in the grip of political polarization that for a time brought Bangkok, the nation's capital and a city of well over nine million people, to a standstill. Although the protestors' encampment in the city's commercial center has been dispersed, sharp divisions among political and social groups persist. At this writing, The Nation, a Thai newspaper, reports that both sides have sent emissaries to the US Congress, seeking support for a peaceful resolution to the political conflict and a road map to reconciliation.

The protestors, mainly from the north and northeastern parts of the country, were rural poor demonstrating for social and economic justice. As citizens they had a civil right to express their grievances. However, the demonstrations were undermined by violent acts of terrorism, and lives were lost. No matter how righteous the cause, violence and human will indicate an element of evil that is counterproductive to finding a peaceful solution. The human and civil rights of everyone in a society should be upheld.

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