Thailand's continuing protests in which now at least four have been killed, conceal a long-lurking absence of human rights protections in the kingdom that would allow democracy's roots to take hold. Many observe that the mass street protests are possibly the last throes of an ancient caste-like social system that the contemporary world cannot accommodate, and worse, that Thailand itself is unable to accommodate the contemporary world. The divergent views reflect more complex realities but roughly sum up the conundrum.
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