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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Ratsadon protesters rally at the statue of King Taksin the Great to pay homage

A group of Ratsadon protesters rallied in front of the statue of King Taksin the Great in Thon Buri this evening, to pay respects to the late king, who lived…

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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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What to expect inside (and outside) Parliament during charter-change debate this week

With political temperatures rising close to boiling point, lawmakers head to Parliament today and tomorrow (November 17-18) to deliberate seven motions seeking amendments to the Constitution. The move comes after…

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Thailand Monarchy reform protest

Thailand’s protesters declare their 3 demands are the “utmost compromise”

After negotiating with the police tonight (Sunday), anti-establishment protesters in Thailand announced that the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, constitutional amendments and reforms of the Monarchy are the “utmost…

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Photo from Chuan Leekpai Official page

President of Thai Parliament wants to bring people together, but not to quarrel

Thailand’s Parliament President Chuan Leekpai has said that he intends to bring people from all sectors of the Thai society together, including anti-establishment protesters, for constructive discussions, to find long-term…

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Suggested ways to boost protests may have come from unlikely source

Thailand has had 20 constitutions since the end of the absolute monarchy in 1932, and 23 education ministers since 1997, the year the country produced what was considered its best…

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Patsaravalee “Mind” Tanakitvibulpon and Haruthai “Au” Muangbunsri

Haruthai and Mind: Two women on two sides of the conflict

When Thailand’s rising political conflict went international outside two embassies last week, two women with opposing viewpoints were leading the way.  Patsaravalee “Mind” Tanakitvibulpon, a 25-year-old student, led several thousand…

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Conspiracy theorists believe ‘invisible foreign hand’ behind Thai protests

Thai students holding anti-establishment protests across the country insist their rallies are organic, coming together naturally following years of political discontent. But suspicions this may not be the case are…

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Protest leader “Mind” unconditionally released by court

Pathumwan District Court ordered the unconditional release of a protest leader this morning. Passarawalee “Mind” Thanakitvibulphol told the media, after her release, that the Court agreed to set her free…

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Cr. Baukaw Banchamek

Thai-style Democracy – Do we really comprehend ‘Democracy’?

The current political conflict in Thailand has widened the rift within Thai society and divided opinion into two main camps, namely pro-democracy and anti-establishment versus pro-government and royalists. It seems…

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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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Prayut and opponents skate on thin ice

Picture a man surfing in a turbulent sea. That’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha at the moment. If he falls off and drowns, it will be no surprise. If he survives,…

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Protesters to camp overnight outside Government House

After a stand-off with police lasting almost three hours, the anti-government protesters broke through police blockade and are now occupying areas around the Government House. Police apparently made no attempts…

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Anti-government protesters march from the Democracy Monument toward the Government House. October 14, 2020. Bangkok

Protesters begin march to Government House

Hundreds of protesters have begun a march from the Democracy Monument on Rajdamnoen Avenue toward the Government House. They were stopped briefly at Panfah Lilas intersection where police set up…

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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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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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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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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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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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