Arent Hart's question about the lack of police presence in 2010, ''Cops missing in action'' (PostBag, Aug 21) was nothing new.
Golani's response ''Polishing the top brass'' on the following day was correct in that there was/is political interference in police and military affairs (in an effort to consolidate power), a situation that has continually worsened, especially during the Thaksin years.
Adding to this, in 2010, Thailand had no clear laws concerning protests (I don't know if this has changed), and police officers who took decisive actions in prior yet smaller situations were punished. Why would police step in if they know they will be punished, possibly prosecuted?
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