The rise and fall of Saksayam Chidchob, Thailand’s first COVID-positive Cabinet minister

Saksayam Chidchob was previously best known as the “nominee” of his older brother, veteran politician Newin. However, last week he landed himself in trouble by becoming the first Cabinet member…

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Tiny, scattered protests can be Prayut’s bad news

More names are joining the fray thick and fast. They make the complex picture of Thai politics even more incomprehensible, compensating for the fact that street protests at the moment…

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Sick of polarised politics, Bangkok voters favour ‘independent’ as governor election looms

While opinion polls show Bangkok voters favour independent candidates in the upcoming governor election, observers say the “swing vote” in the capital makes it difficult to predict a winner. Many…

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Anti-establishment protest on October 14, 2020

Thailand’s path to a democratic charter becoming vicious circle

The push to change the junta-sponsored Constitution is back at square one after the amendment bill paving the way for a charter rewrite was shot down in its final reading…

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What is Jatuporn up to?

Among top Thai political activists, Jatuporn Prompan is probably the most unpredictable. Wild speculation, therefore, has greeted his surprising plan to lead a separate street protest against the prime minister. Whatever…

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Encroachment case threatens political death sentence for MP Pareena

Colourful MP Pareena Kraikupt has gone down in history as the first person to be indicted for “grave ethical offences” under the new anti-corruption law, for her alleged encroachment on…

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Thailand’s political landscape changing fast as new parties erupt

The newly formed Ruam Thai Sang Chart Party sounds very familiar, especially since it carries the same name as the government initiative launched to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite government denials,…

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Three Ratsadon leaders promise court they will not mention monarchy issue again if granted bail

Three Ratsadon leaders, currently being held on remand, told the Criminal Court today (Monday) that they would not mention the monarchy issue again if the court grants them bail, with…

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Chaiwut, the man with a mission to defend Thailand from the fake-news tsunami

The new digital economy and society (DES) minister, Chaiwut Thanakhamanusorn, is set to get tougher with fake news aimed at undermining the government and the monarchy — intensifying an unfinished…

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Thai police evict protesters from Baan Thaloo Fah village in surprise dawn raid

Seventy protesters, who had been camping at “Baan Thaloo Fah village”, which was set up in front of the Government House on March 13th, were rounded up by the police…

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A pro-democracy protester holds a sign while calling for the release of anti-government protest leaders outside Bangkok Remand Prison in Bangkok on March 9, 2021. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Days of dread and terror at Bangkok Remand Prison

Anti-establishment protest leaders imprisoned on charges of lese majeste and sedition claim their lives may be in danger behind bars. They recently voiced fears of being assaulted or even killed…

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Thailand Highlight politics

Real stakeholders waiting to speak up

All of a sudden, it’s halfway through. Amid a reigning political chaos, it’s easy not to notice that Thais are now as close to the next general election as they…

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New hurdles await in Thailand’s tortuous road to charter change

The government-sponsored draft bill for a referendum on charter change is hanging in the balance after lawmakers were forced to postpone their vote when a significant point in the draft…

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The national police chief, Pol Gen Suwat Jaengyodsook

Police chief claims he did not apologise to anti-establishment protesters

The national police chief, Pol Gen Suwat Jangyodsook, said today (Wednesday) that he had not offered an apology to the demonstrators attending a protest at Sanam Luang on Saturday, explaining…

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Referendum probably best way to do it

The referendum that endorsed the present Constitution in 2016 may be controversial, but the one that would re-affirm or question its worthiness will be far less so. The former referendum…

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Charter amendment bill voted down

The bill seeking to amend the current Constitution which was promulgated while the military junta was in power in 2017 was voted down late Wednesday night after more than 10…

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Charter amendment bill set aside as Thai lawmakers debate if it even exists 

Wednesday’s parliamentary session was marked by long and heated arguments over whether the charter-amendment bill should go to a final reading or be dropped altogether. Last week, the Constitutional Court…

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Three scenarios for final vote on Thai charter amendment bill

A heated and lengthy debate accompanied by chaos including a walkout are expected in Parliament when the charter amendment draft bill returns for its third and final reading on March…

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A woman cycles past a closed seafood restaurant along Patong beach in Phuket, which has seen a lack of tourists due to ongoing restrictions relating to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Simmering political conflict threatens to derail Thailand’s COVID recovery

Political stability has a key influence over a country’s economic performance both in the short and the long term. In Thailand, anti-establishment protests that kicked off last year are rocking…

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Embattled Thai protest movement awaits new “sparks”

March has been a bad month for the anti-establishment network, so far at least. Its public support has continued to decline, the royal portrait burning incident has planted more doubts…

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Thailand braces for flashpoint as court rules on charter change

Another crucial moment for the Thai Constitution has arrived, with the court set to rule on March 11whether Parliament is authorised to pave the way for a charter rewrite.  The Constitutional Court’s ruling carries serious…

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Anti-government protesters march during a protest in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021. (AP Photo)

Ban on public assemblies and protests declared in Bangkok

Ahead of planned protests in Bangkok on Saturday, by various activist groups, Supreme Commander General Chalermphol Srisawat, in his capacity as the security chief of the current emergency situation, issued…

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Four sons of Nakhon Si Thammarat brace for Sunday’s by-election battle

Four political parties will battle for a single MP seat when the polls open in the Nakhon Si Thammarat Constituency 3 by-election on Sunday (March 7). The coalition Democrat and…

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The beauty queen reigning for democracy in divided Thailand

Miss Universe Thailand 2020 Amanda Obdam is not the first beauty queen to fall victim to the Kingdom’s bitter political divide.  But just like Miss Thailand 2017 Maria Poonlertlarp before…

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Anti-establishment protesters take part in a demonstration as they prepare to march toward the residence of Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha in Bangkok on February 28, 2021. (photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Confusing picture of Thai protests

A moderate question to the increasingly splintered anti-establishment movement is where Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul was on Sunday. A harder question is whether ideologies that clashed many times in the history of…

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A man wearing a face mask walks past a closed restaurant in Bangkok on February 15, 2021, as Thailand records it worst economic performance in more than two decades. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Economy must come before politics in Thai Cabinet reshuffle, say experts

Business leaders and academics insist solving Thailand’s economic crisis must be the top priority in the upcoming Cabinet reshuffle. “The new ministers should also be highly competent and capable of…

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Thai police vow decisive legal action over torching of King’s portrait at Khlong Prem prison

Metropolitan police deputy commissioner Pol Maj-Gen Piya Tavichai has vowed to “prosecute to the fullest extent of the law” the three suspects responsible for torching His Majesty the King’s portrait…

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Thai beauty queen fired as Mental Health Ambassador over political comments

Thailand’s Mental Health Department decided today (Tuesday) to drop Miss Universe Thailand 2020 Amanda Obdam as its brand ambassador over her online political comments, only after a week of her…

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Anti-establishment protesters gather at a barrier in front of police during an anti-government rally in Bangkok on November 17, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Increasingly weak, violent and leaderless protests may be short-lived

Inspired by the ongoing anti-coup protests in Myanmar, and enraged by the indictment and detention of four protest leaders on lèse majesté charges, Thailand’s anti-establishment protests resumed after a pause…

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Prison terms for PDRC protest leaders send shockwaves through Thai politics

The Criminal Court’s recent decision to send leaders of the now-defunct People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) to jail over their street rallies against Yingluck Shinawatra’s government has deep political implications…

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the virus that causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

COVID-19 politics spike at all levels

April 17, 2021: Topping it all is an increase in the US-China spat over how the pandemic came to be whereas business reasons seem to be playing a role in…

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Cabinet shake-up brings headache for PM Prayut, opportunity for Thamanat

A Feb 24 Criminal Court verdict has placed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in a situation he was dreading — the need for a Cabinet reshuffle he reportedly tried to delay…

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Thai MP Sira courting controversy but flirting with disaster

Although new to Parliament, Sira Jenjaka has lost no time in stealing the limelight from veteran MPs – drawing publicity for his outspoken views, belligerent talk and ability to take…

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Watanya Opsasi, MP from Palang Pracharath party.

Shining a light on ‘Fixed Stars’ – the rebel MPs rocking Thai coalition’s unity

The prime minister and nine Cabinet members managed to sail through the recent censure vote, but the voting has rejiggered a rift between the coalition’s two largest partners. Six MPs…

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PM has defused one big bomb, but faces more

Although Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha appears to be sailing out of a big storm, his ship will still remain in uncharted waters, which could turn extremely treacherous at any moment….

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Former PDRC protest leader Suthep and 25 others sentenced to prison terms

Former cabinet minister Suthep Thaugsuban, who led the mass protests to oust the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra between November 23rd 2013 until May 1st, 2014,was sentenced to five…

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Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha smiles in parliament after a no-confidence vote against him was defeated in Bangkok, Thailand Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

No-confidence vote reveals winners, losers and path ahead for Prayut’s govt    

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and nine other Cabinet members managed to sail through last week’s no-confidence vote — mostly with comfortable margins — while the opposition declared success in opening…

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Govt will survive no-confidence debate, but at what cost?

With their clear majority in the House, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and the nine other targeted ministers are expected to sail through the second no-confidence debate in the two years…

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Education minister facing biggest backlash in no-confidence vote

Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan is expected to gain the fewest approval votes following his censure-debate grilling this week, amid speculation that up to 30 MPs will give him the thumbs-down….

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PM walks out of parliament chamber in apparent protest at not being listened to

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha abruptly cut short his explanation of the southern economic zone project and walked out of the parliament chamber on Thursday afternoon, apparently upset that a…

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Siam Bioscience was selected by AstraZeneca

Siam Bioscience was chosen by AstraZeneca after a detailed assessment and comparison against other institutions proposed by Thailand, according to the National Vaccine Institute (NVI). Dr. Nakorn Premsri, the director…

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PM challenges opposition to meet him in court with evidence of any alleged wrongdoing

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said in parliament today (Wednesday) that he is fully aware that opposition MPs are trying to provoke him with unfounded allegations of involvement in the…

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Backpedaling protesters need to regroup soon

Most of the times, advices from perceived enemies can be discarded, but not those that come from friends or allies. Over the past few days, much caution has been pouring…

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Opposition to censure Thai govt for ‘botched recovery’, ‘vaccine disaster’     

The government’s handling of economic problems worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to be the core of the no-confidence debate starting on Tuesday (Feb 16). Opposition MPs are poised…

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Hot spots in the upcoming censure debate against Thai govt

Thirty-eight opposition MPs have been allocated 42 hours on the floor during the four-day censure debate, which kicks off on Tuesday (Feb 16), with voting scheduled for Saturday (Feb 20)….

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Police deny using teargas against anti-establishment protesters on Saturday

Pol. Lt. General Pakkapong Pongpetra, chief of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, insists that police did not use teargas, rubber bullets or high pressure water cannon at the protest site yesterday…

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An anti-establishment protester gives the three-finger salute while taking part in a rally to denounce the use of the lese majeste law, under section 112 of the penal code, in Bangkok on December 10, 2020. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Rivals face off as lèse majesté row hots up

The battle over Thailand’s lèse majesté law has intensified with supporters and opponents coming out in full force to fight for their cause. Representing opponents of the Criminal Code’s Article…

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A man holds a mock tank as he cheers on people taking part in a demonstration calling for the creation of a new constitution in Bangkok on March 13, 2020. (Photo by Romeo GACAD / AFP)

All eyes on court as Thai charter-change battle approaches D-Day

The current junta-sponsored Constitution is among the most condemned charters in Thai history, yet also arguably one of the most difficult to amend. The push for charter change received another…

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This photo taken on December 7, 2020 shows actress Inthira “Sine” Charoenpura sitting on an inflatable duck, associated with the pro-democracy movement, at her home in Bangkok. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

“That which cannot be questioned is always a problem” said the fairy godmother of the anti-establishment protesters

“Humans are a nation’s most important resource. Nowadays, everyone is equal, equally neglected as a human resource,” said Inthira Charoenpura, nickname “Sine.” The 40-year-old actress has often been in the…

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Illegal gambling a trump card for opposition in censure debate against govt 

Illegal gambling will be among the issues fired at Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and nine members of his Cabinet in next week’s censure debate. The grilling – scheduled for February…

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Thailand’s Disease Control Board approves 63-million dose inoculation plan

Thailand’s Disease Control Board has approved the COVID-19 vaccine management and distribution plan for 2021. The country’s health minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, said that Thailand will receive 2 million doses of…

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Police forces stand by a barrier around the Democracy Monument during an anti-government rally in Bangkok on November 14, 2020. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Thai public cleared to participate in charter change, but roadblocks lie ahead  

The review of two charter draft bills has been completed, paving the way for changes to the 2017 Constitution that is at the heart of Thailand’s political impasse. However, critics…

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Move Forward party leader Pita Limjaroenrat lays flowers for the victims of the Thammasat University massacre on October 6, 1976, during the annual commemoration ceremony for the event at Thammasat University in Bangkok on October 6, 2020. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

‘Illuminati’ accuser returns to haunt Thailand’s progressive Move Forward Party

Move Forward, Thailand’s second-largest opposition party, has been hit by accusations that could result in its dissolution after less than a year in politics. Move Forward or Kao Klai is…

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Thailand Censure Debate politics

Opposition’s strategic changes from last censure

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will remain the prime target, but the similarities between the upcoming no-confidence attack and the last one end there. The rest of the strategy and the…

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A man looks at a banner of candidates in the general election displayed at a polling station in Bangkok on March 24, 2019. (Photo by Ye Aung THU / AFP)

Thai govt stability shaken as ruling partners become electoral rivals   

A widening rift between coalition partners Palang Pracharath and the Democrats over the upcoming Nakhon Si Thammarat by-election is threatening to undermine the government’s stability. After falling out over several…

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A woman holds a sign during a demonstration against section 112, Thailand’s royal defamation lese majeste law, at Victory Monument in Bangkok on January 16, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Taboo subject of monarchy set to spark pandemonium in Thai Parliament

Thailand is bracing for unprecedented chaos in Parliament later this month when the opposition shatters a deep-seated taboo by citing the monarchy in its censure motion against the prime minister….

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(Photo) Democrat Party

Democrats to ask Palang Pracharat not to contest Nakhon Si Thammarat Constituency 3 by-election

Thailand’s Democrat Party is hoping that the Palang Pracharat party, its coalition partner in the government, will keep to the tradition of not fielding a candidate in the by-election in…

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Stakes high for Thailand’s opposition as censure debate targets govt 

The opposition is unlikely to upend the government in next month’s censure debate, as has been the case previously. But its performance will show if opposition MPs are indeed serious…

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Can legal troubles save Thanathorn from political ones?

Sometimes, ones explode their way out of a dark tunnel, whether they like it or not, or even intend it or not. Whatever Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit is thinking about being charged…

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(File) Government chief whip Wirat Rattanaseth

Opposition warned of protests if they refer to Thai monarchy during censure debate

Thailand’s government coalition parties have threatened to protest if the opposition makes any reference to the Monarchy during the censure debate in mid-February. Government chief whip Wirat Rattanaseth said, on…

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A Thai man holding his child puts his ballot into a box at a polling station as residents vote for a new Bangkok governor in Thailand’s capital on March 3, 2013. Bangkok residents went to the polls to elect a governor in a to-the-wire fight for city hall which has re-opened Thailand’s festering political divisions.(Photo by PORNCHAI KITTIWONGSAKUL / AFP)

Ruling party risks split over candidate for Bangkok governor election 

Already hit by an anti-establishment uprising, Thailand’s ruling Palang Pracharath Party is now facing a potential revolt from within as it chooses a candidate for the Bangkok governor election. Three…

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Prayut’s moment of truth arrives

The prime minister can be forgiven if he assumes that his previous problems were “political”, albeit ones that had more to do with ideology and power play than genuine well-being…

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This photo illustration shows the Thai ‘MorChana’ contact tracing application on a smartphone in Bangkok on January 7, 2021, after Thai health officials encouraged people to use the tracking app to help curb the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak in the country. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Row over contact-tracing app threatens to blow hole in Thailand’s COVID defence

Thailand’s much-touted contact-tracing app, MorChana, risks losing its “national hero” status as questions emerge about its efficacy and transparency. Last Friday (Jan 15), the MorChana Volunteer Team abruptly announced the…

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Law and the virus fail to halt Thailand’s ‘guerrilla’ protest movement

The new wave of COVID-19 has forced leaders of the anti-establishment movement to break from street rallies and focus instead on legal cases stemming from their campaign. As a result,…

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Red ‘general’ Jatuporn no longer marching to Thaksin’s tune

The old saying “there are no permanent friends or foes in politics” has been proven true once again. Jatuporn Prompan, an activist/politician and a long-time loyal ally of the Shinawatra…

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The movers and shakers behind Thailand’s 2020 protests

After 12 months of tumult and tragedy, 2020 will go down as the “worst year ever” for millions in Thailand. Along with a global contagion that almost shut down the…

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Goodbye 2020, year of eerie silence and alarming tumult

To Thai people, 2020 was a year of two halves, and nobody had seen either half coming. The first featured surreal and scary scenes of empty streets, quiet city nights…

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Prayut cements power in 2020 after fending off eviction effort

The anti-establishment movement’s dream of seeing Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha ousted from office was shattered at the Constitutional Court in December. The premier was at the centre of a…

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2020 sees one small step towards a new, democratic charter

The pro-democracy movement’s push for charter amendment inched forward in 2020, but at the expense of injuries and violent clashes. At least 55 protesters were injured by tear gas, chemical-laced…

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Why year of the ‘Bad Student’ could be tipping point for Thai education

School students were both busy and brave this year, mustering unprecedented courage to challenge authority figures much older and more powerful than themselves over decades-long rules on hairstyles and uniforms….

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Rubber ducks to hammer and sickle – how the Thai protest movement evolved in 2020

2020 brought a completely new kind of protest to Thailand – anti-establishment rallies that truly belong to the digital age. Tech-savvy young protesters relied on social media to spread their…

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Another land scandal yet rocks Thai politics

Some major political changes in Thailand followed high-profile troubles with the land. A Democrat-led government crumbled in the 1980s after some politicians of the ruling party were accused of grabbing…

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Party politics rocked by year of splits and a dissolution

The year 2020 saw many changes in Thailand’s political landscape, highlighted by shake-ups in major parties. Though only months had passed since the 2019 election, parties and politicians were unable…

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Protesters close Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue for demonstration

Protesters have closed Bangkok’s Ratchadamnoen Klang Avenue outbound and erected several small stages for speakers. The protest site covers the area around the Democracy monument and all the way to…

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A pro-democracy protester gives the three-finger salute during a march to Bang Na intersection in an anti-government rally in Bangkok on November 28, 2020. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)

Court ruling in favour of Prayut adds fuel to protesters’ fire

Wednesday’s court verdict in favour of Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha increases the likelihood of him staying in power at least until his term ends. The Constitutional Court unanimously ruled…

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A closer look at the King’s 2 Regiments now in protesters’ sights

Anti-establishment protesters have raised the ante in their ongoing protests for reform of the monarchy, by targeting HM the King’s finances and links with the Army. On November 25, they…

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Thailand’s strict school dress code tested as students ditch uniforms on first day of semester

Students have been grumbling about school uniforms for ages in Thailand. But few people imagined they would be brave enough to challenge strict dress-code rules by wearing casual clothes to…

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Charter Court finds Prayut not guilty of ethics breaches

The Constitutional Court has dismissed charges of ethics breaches and conflict of interests against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in connection with his continued stay at a property owned by the…

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No end in sight as both sides refuse to shift their stance

Thai politics has arrived at a dead end as neither side shows any sign of stepping away from the tug-of-war they have been playing for nearly five months. Analysts say…

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Social media attacks fail to bring down protest movement’s ‘fairy godparents’

Donations are flooding into the bank accounts of the two main providers of protest supplies ranging from food to inflatable rubber ducks, in a sign of ongoing public support for…

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Verdict on Prayut’s Army residence may be a ‘fire exit’ for govt to escape ongoing conflict

The country is counting down to December 2, when the Constitutional Court is scheduled to rule if Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha should lose his post for violating the charter….

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Education Ministry’s ‘haircut enforcer’ becomes unwitting target of students’ anger

Born into a poor farming family, Education Ministry’s deputy permanent secretary Dr Veera Khaengkasikarn may have spoken from experience when he said “your parents pay when you wear long hair”,…

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Constitution protest

The rocks and roadblocks on Thailand’s path to a new Constitution

The road to democracy is never easy, but the path is particularly steep for Thailand in its journey to amend the Constitution and eradicate the legacy of the junta. Analysts…

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Bangkok protest location changed from Crown Property Bureau to SCB HQ

Last evening, the leaders of protest groups United Front for Thammasat and Demonstration and Free Youth Movement announced a location change for today’s 3pm protest, from the Crown Property Bureau…

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Thailand Politics Protest

If future generations feel no obligation to respect, “it’s just a question of when”

The American online magazine “The Diplomat” said the most striking thing about the current anti-government movement has been its willingness to identify the monarchy as the central question in Thai…

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Humble rubber duckie stands tall as protector of Thai demonstrators

Giant rubber ducks are generally cute and harmless, good for a few laughs in the pool with friends. But in certain circumstances, they have the power to shake governments and…

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Prayut’s ‘lawfare’ risks blowing Thailand’s political divide wide open

Fear is growing that Thailand’s ongoing political conflict will intensify, with no visible way out, after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha declared that “all existing laws” would be wielded against anti-establishment…

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Protesting the Thai way: with pork barbecue

BANGKOK (Reuters) – In the midst of thousands of Thai anti-government protesters, one man made his own statement – with barbecued pork. Joined by onlookers, he made an impromptu picnic…

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Anti-government protesters disperse after rally at Ratchaprasong

Thousands of anti-government protesters rallied at Ratchaprasong intersection in the heart of Bangkok Wednesday evening during which many of them also descended on the national police headquarters nearby and spray-painted its…

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Duck and cover: Blow-up mascots star at Thai protests

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai police have water cannon and teargas to fire at protesters. The answer: Inflatable yellow pool ducks. The giant ducks starred on Wednesday as thousands of protesters…

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PM says special law not needed to deal with protests, just strict law enforcement

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that there is no need for a special law, to deal with the ongoing protests, which, he admitted, have impacted the country’s stability…

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Parliament adopts 2 charter bills, rejects iLaw’s version

Parliament today voted in favour of two bills in their first reading that would pave the way for drafting of a new constitution but threw out the one proposed by…

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At least 55 hurt in Thailand’s most violent protests since new movement emerged

The Reuters reports at least 55 people were hurt, some with gunshot wounds, when demonstrators marching on the Thai parliament clashed with police and royalist counter-protesters, in the worst violence…

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The monument at the heart of Thailand’s battle for democracy

Bangkok’s Democracy Monument has long been the site of political protests in Thailand, most recently on Saturday, when the grand structure was wrapped in a white banner featuring pro-democracy demonstrators’…

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34 injured in parliament rally, protesters to return to Ratchaprasong Wednesday

At least 34 people were injured in scuffles with police during a rally in front of the parliament Tuesday while protesters vowed to return for another major demonstration at Ratchaprasong…

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Protesters to return to Ratchaprasong for major rally Wednesday

Anti-government protesters vowed to return for another major rally at Ratchaprasongintersection in the heart of Bangkok on Wednesday evening to await the result of the Parliament’s vote on the constitutional…

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Protesters break through police barriers to reach parliament gate

Thousands of anti-government protesters have forced their way through police barriers to rally at the main gate of the parliament where parliamentarians are debating bills seeking to amend the constitution….

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Police battle protesters as Parliament debates charter bills

As parliamentarians debated the bills seeking to amend the constitution, police battled anti-government protesters trying to break through barriers outside the Parliament at Kiakkai intersection. At one point scuffles also…

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