Protests 2020

Pro-democracy protesters hold up their mobile phones with lights during an anti-government rally at Asok in Bangkok on October 18, 2020, as they continue for the fourth consecutive day to defy an emergency decree banning gatherings.

Four media outlets targeted by Thai authorities

The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (DES) and the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) are considering action to be taken against four on-line media outlets alleged to have…

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Pro-democracy protesters gather on a major road intersection for an anti-government rally in Bangkok on October 16, 2020, after Thailand issued an emergency decree. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Govt legitimacy eroding fast as crackdown on protesters makes global headlines

Thailand’s renewed political tension is increasingly worrisome, as the government continues ignoring demands of anti-establishment protesters who are becoming bolder under the spotlight of global attention.   The youth-led protesters…

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Thai MPs to discuss how Parliament can help solve the current political conflict

Parliament President Chuan Leekpai has scheduled an informal cross-party meeting for consultation on how Thailand’s Parliament can contribute to ending the current political conflict, which is pitting student-led protesters, demanding…

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Doctors urge end to use of chemical-laced water against unarmed, peaceful protesters

A group of 386 doctors, from hospitals across Thailand, has issued a joint statement, urging the Government to stop using irritant-laced water or tear gas to disperse protesters, who are…

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Key protest leader Mike Rayong held in police custody

A key protest leader, Panupong Jardnok, alias Mike Rayong, was arrested by plain clothes police near Ramkhamhaeng University at about 8.30pm tonight.   Panupong, one of four prominent anti-establishment movement…

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The biggest of the rallies took place at Lardprao intersecction.

Protesters end rallies, to return tomorrow

Protesters at a string of rallies in and around Bangkok have dispersed after reiterating their demand for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to resign and vowed to return for more protests…

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Pro-democracy protesters gather on a major road intersection for an anti-government rally in Bangkok on October 16, 2020, after Thailand issued an emergency decree. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Rajprasong and Pathumwan: Bangkok’s shopping heart becomes protest battleground

In past decades, political rallies in Bangkok were confined to Democracy Monument, Thammasat University and Sanam Luang – where popular uprisings changed the course of Thai history.   But in recent years,…

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Court grants bail to protester who allegedly harassed HM the Queen

The Criminal Court today granted bail for an anti-government protester who has been charged with committing an act against the liberty of HM the Queen, in accordance with Section 110…

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Protesters begin gathering again in Bangkok

Anti-government protesters have started gathering at three locations in Bangkok in defiance of the state of emergency.   The protesters, mostly young people, are converging at Lat Phrao intersection on…

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Thailand’s PM tells police to avoid violent means to deal with protesters

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed police to avoid the use of violence, in any form, when dealingwith the anti-government protesters and has promised to restore peace and normality…

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Crackdown draws concerns, condemnations

The crackdown on the anti-government protest in the heart of Bangkok last night has drawn concerns and condemnations from both Thai and international human rights and academic organizations. Amnesty International…

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Rally organizers use social media to mobilize

Organizers of the anti-government protest are using the social media to mobilize people to join another rally planned for this evening in Bangkok. The so-called United Front of Thammasat and…

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Blue liquid fired on protesters triggers debate

The blue liquid fired from police water cannons at the anti-government protesters at the Pathumwan intersection last night has triggered speculation over its chemical nature. Many of the protesters complained of…

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A scene from Friday night’s police crackdown on the demonstrators at Pathumwan intersection

Anti-government protesters call for new rally today

Anti-government protesters have called for another rally in Bangkok this evening only hours after police broke up a demonstration that paralyzed the commercial center at Pathumwan intersection last night. In…

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Police, backed by high pressure water jet trucks, move against protesters at Pathumwan intersection.

Police forcibly break up rally at Pathumwan intersection

Anti-riot police, backed by high pressure water jet trucks, have dispersed a mass anti-government rally at Pathumwan intersection in the heart of Bangkok. At least four police personnel and a…

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Thai police raid Progressive Movement’s offices

Thai police raided the office of the Kao Na, or Progressive Movement, this afternoon, as Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, a key member of the movement, was holding a press conference about the…

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Pro-democracy protesters gather on a major road intersection for an anti-government rally in Bangkok on October 16, 2020, after Thailand issued an emergency decree. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Protesters move rally to Pathumwan intersection

Anti-government protesters have begun converging at the Pathumwan intersection in the heart of Bangkok for their second day of rally in the city to pressure Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to…

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Thailand’s PM says he will not quit or release detained protesters

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has rejected calls, from anti-government protesters, for him to resign immediately and to release all protesters currently being held in detention.   “What did I do…

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Six more detained by police for allegedly abetting Khana Ratsadon protest

At least six employees of a company, which leased its sound system to protest organizers at Rajprasong yesterday, have been detained by police for questioning, according to the Centre for…

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Four protest leaders remanded in custody as courts refuse to grant bail

Four protest leaders were today held on remand in prisons in Chiang Mai and Pathum Thani provinces, after courts rejected their bail applications, at the request of the police, citing…

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Anti-government protesters gather at Rajprasong commercial area. Octber 15, 2020

Protesters occupy Rajprasong in defiance of state of emergency

A large number of protesters are occupying the Rajprasong intersection, the commercial centre of Bangkok, in defiance of the state of emergency which bans public gathering of five people or…

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Three senior police officers tasked with crowd control transferred

Three senior police officers, who were in charge of crowd control during the protest by the Khana Ratsadon group yesterday, have been abruptly transferred to “inactive” posts at the Operations…

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Thailand’s military on standby in barracks to support the police if needed

Troops from Thailand’s First Army Region have been put on standby in their barracks to provide immediate support to the police, in case they are unable to control the political…

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PM Prayut to receive Chinese FM Wang Yi at Government House

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is scheduled to return to work at the Government House this morning after the night-long rally around the compound by anti-government protesters was dispersed following the…

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Two more key protest leaders arrested

Police have taken into custody two more key leaders of the anti-government protest shortly after one of them read out a statement calling for another rally in the heart of…

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Panussaya Sitthijirawattanakul was taken into custody this morning after reading out a statement calling for a rally at Rajprasong

Undeterred, protest leaders call for rally at Rajprasong

Protest leaders have called for another rally at Rajprasong intersection in the heart of Bangkok this evening in defiance of the state of emergency which bans public gathering of five…

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Thai PM to work from Defence Ministry with Government House under siege

Bangkok’s besieged Government House will be closed to all officials and reporters tomorrow, as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his deputies will work from elsewhere.   Government spokesman, Mr. Anucha…

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Pai Daodin remanded in custody after court denies bail

Khana Ratsadon protest leader Chatupat Boonpatharatraksa, alias Pai Daodin, was today sent to Bangkok Special Prison, to be remanded in custody for 12 days, after the Criminal Court denied him…

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Opposing protesters mobilizing for possible showdown on Wednesday

The anti-establishment Khana Ratsadon group and royalists are mobilizing support for, what could be, a confrontation on Ratchadamnoen Avenue tomorrow, as police are being deployed to protect Government House. Khana…

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When political rallies become a numbers game

Political rallies are all about the numbers game: the larger the crowd, the more successful and powerful the protest appears to be.   However, one glance at the numbers shows…

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PM Prayut denies influencing senators on charter changes

As anti-government protesters threaten to escalate their struggle for political changes following the Parliament’s decision to delay voting on constitutional amendments, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today vowed to deal forcefully…

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Activists threaten to escalate protests

Leaders of the student-led movement have vowed to step up their anti-government protests after members of the parliament yesterday delayed a vote on constitutional amendment motions.   Protest leaders were…

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Ex-poll commissioner warns of rising political tensions in Thailand in October

A former election commissioner has warned that political tensions in Thailand are likely to reach boiling point in October, dubbed the “cursed October”, because the only parliamentary channel, through which…

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Parliament delays vote on charter changes, sets up study panel

Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to set up a joint committee to study motions seeking amendments to the Constitution in a move seen by the opposition bloc and anti-government protesters as…

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Thai royalist group submits 130k signatures opposing charter amendments

The Thai Pakdee royalist group submitted a list of 130,000 signatures, from people who oppose any changes to the current Constitution, to the speakers of the House of Representatives and…

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Maximum security in place at Parliament ahead of protest on Thursday

Maximum security is being implemented at the Thai Parliament ahead of a planned protest by the Free People movement, as the joint sitting of the House of Representatives and Senate…

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Parit “Penguin” Chirawak

How firebrand protest leader Parit steps back from the brink

A firebrand leader of student-led protests against the Thai establishment, Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak may sound aggressive on stage and at times may seem bent on getting what he wants at…

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Thailand ready for a new Constitution, but who will write it?

Thai politics is reaching another critical juncture this week when the first step toward reviewing the Constitution is taken after months of pressure from young anti-establishment protesters seeking changes to…

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Complaint filed with police against opposition MPs seen at weekend protest

Palang Pracharat MP Sira Jenjakha lodged a complaint with Chanasongkhram police today (Monday) against three opposition MPs, accusing them of joining the student-led protest, during which the Thai Monarchy was…

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Five protest leaders to be indicted on charges related to July 20th rally at Army HQ

Five protest leaders have been summoned by Nang Loeng police, to appear before the Special Prosecutor’s Office at the Dusit District Court, to be formally charged for their roles in…

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Protesters plant “spirit of democracy” in royal field

The lost legacy of Khana Ratsadon was symbolically reborn when a new memorial plaque embodying the spirit of the 1932 Siamese Revolution was embedded by anti-government protesters at Sanam Luang…

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The spot where the symbolic democracy plaque was embedded is now covered with cement.

Symbolic democracy plaque at Sanam Luang removed

The brass plaque installed at Sanam Luang on Sunday as a sign of defiance by protesters demanding reforms of the monarchy has been removed. Thai PBS news team found the…

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All rivals deserve credit in symbolism-dominated round

Peace is the winner this weekend, although it’s still a very long way to go. A major student-led protest against several things in the Thai society brought about a huge…

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Thai PM thanks police and protesters for the peaceful conduct of the protest

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has thanked the police and the anti-government protesters for the peaceful way in which the rally, held yesterday and which concluded today, was conducted and…

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Protest leader Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul negotiating with police near the office of the Privy Council.

Protesters end rally after submitting “10-point manifesto” to Privy Council

Anti-government protesters have ended their rally at Sanam Luang after submitting the so-called “10-point manifesto” aimed at reforming the monarchy to the Privy Council this morning. The demand was submitted…

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Student protesters during a symbolic ceremony to install what they call “Plaque of Khana Rassadorn 2020” at the rally site at Sanam Luang on Sunday morning.

Protesters install symbolic democracy plaque at Sanam Luang

Anti-government protesters this morning installed a brass plaque which they said symbolizes a revival of the spirit of the 1932 revolution that ended Thailand’s system of absolute monarchy at their…

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Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and Pannika Wanich, two key members of the Progressive Movement, visiting the rally site at Sanam Luang Saturday night.

Thanathorn claims rally is victory for Thai people

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, a key figure of the Progressive Movement, tonight described the anti-government rally at Sanam Luang today as a victory for Thai people who are fighting for democracy.  …

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Thailand’s protest leader Ms. Panasaya promises a dawn surprise on Sunday

Prominent protest leader Ms. Panasaya Sitthichirawattanakul has promised a “surprise” at first light in Bangkok on Sunday, or 6.07am.   In her Facebook post, the young woman, who read the…

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Thai police seize 45,000 books about reform of the Monarchy

Police in the Khlong Luang district of Thailand’s Pathum Thani province held a group of Thammasat University students in custody today (Saturday), after they seized about 45,000 books, about reform…

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Signature collection campaign to support charter changes at protest site

Non-governmental organization iLaw is continuing its signature collection campaign for constitutional amendments by encouraging today’s protesters to sign up.   iLaw staff are manning a tent at Sanam Luang to…

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A potentially historic day to watch

All eyes are focused on Thailand’s student-led protest today, with a sense of anxiety over how it will develop. This morning (Saturday), Thammasat University’s Tha Prachan campus remains closed. after…

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The moment protesters force their way into Thammasat University.

Protesters force their way into Thammasat University

Hundreds of protesters are now occupying the campus of Thammasat University after forcing open its main gate to begin what they claim to be the biggest rally against the Prayut…

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Protesters prepare for communication hiccups

Ten of thousands people from across the country are expected to join the anti-government protest this weekend. To avoid communication hiccups during the demonstration in case the mobile signal network…

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Protest leader insists on raising “sensitive issues” during this weekend’s rally

Reform of the Thai Monarchy, part of the ten-point manifesto, published for the first time at a rally on August 10th, will definitely be raised at this weekend’s rally at…

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Motorists advised to avoid some roads and use alternative routes this weekend

The Metropolitan Police are advising motorists in Bangkok to avoid roads which are expected to be affected by the protest march from Thammasat University to Government House this weekend. The…

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Protest organizers asked to specify the destination of their march this Sunday

Red-shirt movement leader Jatuporn Promphan has urged the leaders of the September 19th protest to make clear to the public the actual destination of their planned march on Sunday, whether…

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Thai PM appeals to protesters to join the fight against COVID-19 first

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha made a last-minute appeal this evening to protest leaders to postpone their rally, planned for this weekend, until the threat from the COVID-19 pandemic passes….

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Thammasat U’s Tha Prachan campus to close this weekend for safety reasons

The Dean of the Faculty of Law at Thammasat University has announced the closure of the Tha Prachan campus and cancellation of classes on Saturday and Sunday for the safety…

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PM appeals to protesters to obey the law during their protest this Saturday

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned student activists not to break the law during their planned protest this Saturday, as he reassured that he has instructed the police to…

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Protesters warned not to get too close to Government House

As the planned September 19th mass protest draws near, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngarm warned the anti-dictatorship protesters today (Wednesday) not to venture within 50-metres of Government House, or risk…

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Protests 2020: From a political to a generational issue

Reported by Kitipat Chuensukjit Thai PBS World Tonight September 9, 2020

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Thai court orders two detained protest leaders released from prison

Remanded protest leaders Anon Nampa and Panupong Jaadnok were released from Bangkok Special Prison at about 6pm this evening by order of the Criminal Court, at the request of the…

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Anti-government protesters hold up three-finger salutes at a rally by the Democracy Monument in Bangkok on August 16, 2020.

Thai Foreign Ministry disputes Amnesty International’s claims of harassment of protesters

The Thai Foreign Ministry has refuted London-based Amnesty International’s (AI) allegations that the Thai Government has restricted free expression and public assembly and gagged anti-government criticism. Last week, AI issued…

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Anond…breaking the taboo

Anond…breaking the taboo. How a human rights lawyer catapults himself to the forefront of anti-establishment protests

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What do the students want?

What do the students want? What drives the student-led protests that have spread cross the country

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Thais gather in Bangkok stadium to defend monarchy

Reported by Kitipat Chuensukjit

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Students across the country have joined in the anti-government protests.

Youth forums that ignore real demands a ‘waste of time’ 

Activists and academics have criticized the Prayut government’s new youth forums as a propaganda exercise aimed at retaining power while excluding student protesters’ calls for change in the country.  …

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Mixed reactions to paint-throwing incident at Samranrat police station on Friday

The throwing of paint over a police officer by a singer, during a protest in front of Samranrat police station in Bangkok on Friday, has drawn mixed reactions from all…

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Brief commotion at Samranrat police station as a protest leader arrives

A brief commotion occurred in front of the Samranrat police station in Bangkok on Friday morning when a leader of the anti-establishment protesters marched from the October 14th Memorial to…

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A protester points at pictures of the allegedly kidnapped Thai activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit hanged outside the Embassy of Cambodia in Bangkok on Monday.

Protest rallies pose challenge for Thai mainstream media

Whatever the truth, the impression among anti-government protesters is that mainstream media are not doing the job they are supposed to.   The protesters believe that the role of keeping the…

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Thai Pakdee royalist group to rally this Sunday

The royalist Thai Pakdee group has urged its supporters and the public to join a rally this Sunday, at a venue yet to be decided, to protest against alleged intimidation…

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Thailand’s ‘cancel culture’ is deepening the political divide

As Thailand’s deep political divide cracks even wider, celebrities, businesses and media outlets are learning the hard way that harsh consequences lie in wait for those who take sides. The…

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Pro-democracy students raise a three-fingers, symbol of resistance salute during a protest rally in front of Education Ministry in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. Student protesters have stepped up pressure on the government with three core demands: holding new elections, amending the constitution and ending the intimidation of critics of the government.

60 student leaders to join a forum on future roadmap of Thailand

Thailand’s Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovations (MHESRI) will hold a forum this Thursday where the first group of students will share their views on setting a roadmap…

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All-girl Rajini school forbids students “improper” references to the Monarchy

The conservative all-girl Rajini School has announced that it will not allow students to refer to the Thai Monarchy in an offensive manner and will not allow any actions which…

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Schools told to open spaces for students to discuss politics and education

In another move to appease protesting students, Deputy Permanent Secretary at Thailand’s Ministry of Education, Ms. Duriya Amatavivat, issued an urgent order today instructing all schools to provide space for…

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Thai Court issues arrest warrants for 15 protest leaders

Thailand’s Criminal Court has issued warrants for the arrests of 15 key members of the Free People movement, in connection with the protest held at the Democracy Monument on July…

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Rival student groups rally in show of force at Democracy Monument

Pro-Monarchy vocational students and the “Free People” protest group rallied at the Democracy Monument Sunday morning, in the first showdown between the rival groups. They had moved forward their scheduled…

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Penquin out on bail, vows to join Sunday protest at Democracy Monument

Student leader Prit “Penquin” [sic] Chivarak was freed on bail this afternoon (Saturday) by the Ratchadapisek Criminal Court, on the condition that he must not commit the same offences again….

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Amnesty Thailand calls for immediate release of protest leader Penquin

Amnesty International (AI) Thailand has called on the Thai police to release student protest leader Prit “Penquin” [sic] Chivarak immediately, after he was arrested on Friday on charges of inciting…

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Protest student leader “Penquin” held in police custody

Student protest leader Prit “Penquin” [sic] Chivarak was today held in police custody, charged with inciting public unrest. Armed with an arrest warrant, issued by the Criminal Court, police took…

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Pheu Thai to monitor student protests and help secure release of those arrested 

Thailand’s opposition Pheu Thai Party has agreed to send its MPs, or other party members, to student protest sites to ensure safety and order and to pre-empt allegations that the…

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Complaints lodged with police about Thammasat U protest leaders

At least two complaints were filed with police in Bangkok and in the northeastern province of Khon Kaen today, against leaders of the protest at Thammasat University’s Rangsit campus on…

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Student union defiant as Monday’s protest raises concerns of political violence

A defiant Thammasat University student union is maintaining that the views expressed during the protest rally at the university’s Rangsit campus on Monday night, including allegedly improper references to the…

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Student protests in Chiang Mai, Phitsanuloke and Maha Sarakham provinces

Anti-government protests were held today by pro-democracy groups in Thailand’s northern provinces of Chiang Mai and Phitsanuloke and the northeastern province of Maha Sarakham. The protesters repeated their demands for…

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Pro-democarcy protesters stand outside the criminal court building demanding a representative be allowed inside were two leader still detained at the criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand August 8, 2020. REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa

Student Union threatens more protests if arrested activists are not released

Thailand’s Student Union announced on social media this afternoon (Saturday) that they would stage a protest in front of the Ratchadapisek Criminal Court if two anti-government activists are remanded in…

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Supporters of Free People movement to protest arrest of three activists

Anti-government activists have threatened to hold a demonstration this evening, in front of Bang Khen police station in a suburb of Bangkok, to protest the arrests of three activists by…

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Thai anti-government protesters gather front of the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, July 18, 2020. Several thousand anti-government protesters have rallied in the Thai capital Bangkok to call for a new constitution, new elections and an end to repressive laws.

Student protest puts Pheu Thai into perspective

Imagine a full-strength Pheu Thai smelling blood and firing on all cylinders against a government reeling from the “VIP” scandal related to COVID-19. Granted, that would not have put the…

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As fears of pandemic ebb, students return to the streets

In defiance of the state of emergency which has been in force for nearly four months, thousands showed up last Saturday for the biggest anti-government demonstration since COVID-19 hit the…

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Police exploring legal action against Democracy Monument protest leaders

Thai police are collecting evidence as a basis for possible legal action against the organizers and leaders of the anti-government protest at the Democracy Monument on Saturday. Representatives of the…

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Protest at Democracy Monument called off over fears for safety of protesters

The anti-government protest, being held at the Democracy Monument, was abruptly called off, at about midnight Saturday night, after an organizer told the protesters of something suspicious occurring which might…

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Anti-government protesters keep vigil at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument

Anti-government protesters rallied at the Democracy Monument in the heart of Bangkok on Saturday evening, to demand the dissolution of Parliament, the drafting of a new Constitution and the ouster…

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Students gather at a pro-democracy rally against military rule and the Constitutional Court’s ruling to dissolve the progressive opposition Future Forward Party, at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok on February 24, 2020. – A stridently anti-military Thai party was dissolved on February 21 and its key members banned from politics for a decade over a $6 million loan by its billionaire founder, a withering blow to the kingdom’s pro-democracy movement. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Popular party’s disbandment sparks information war

In the third of the series on the rising campus activism, ThaiPBS World’s Political Desk examines how students are using social media as their new political weapon to vent their…

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How two coups shaped Gen-Z political beliefs

In the second of its series on the outbreak of campus activism sparked by the dissolution of Future Forward Party, ThaiPBS World’s Political Desk takes a look at what shapes…

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A student holds up a sign alleging the Thai government involvement in the 1MBD scandal at a pro-democracy rally against the military government, at Thammasat University in Bangkok on February 26, 2020. – Thai students held rare flashmob protests on February 26 as anger at the dissolution of a stridently-anti military opposition party bubbled in a kingdom with a long history of street politics. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Student movements blaze back, but for how long?

The dissolution of Future Forward Party has ignited a rash of campus rallies across the country. But will the unprecedented student activism be just a flash in the pan or…

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