This letter to the editor in the Bangkok Post sums up something I was planning to write about:

The Bangkok Post of June 10 quotes Suriyasai Katasila as saying, “Civil disobedience is not a violation of the law and everybody has the right to be part of it.” A proper student of civil disobedience and the principles of non-violent protest would recognise that non-violent, civil disobedience depends for its effectiveness on participants’ recognition that they are breaking the law, and their willingness to accept the consequences of that action for the sake of raising others’ awareness and gathering public support for their position.

BP: Exactly