Why Repression Isn’t Stopping Thailand’s Pro-Democracy Protests

Pro-democracy demonstrators march in Bangkok, Thailand, Oct. 26, 2020 (AP photo by Gemunu Amarasinghe).
Pro-democracy demonstrators march in Bangkok, Thailand, Oct. 26, 2020 (AP photo by Gemunu Amarasinghe).
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For nearly five months, Thailand has been in the throes of a historic pro-democracy uprising. Demonstrators have braved water cannons and arbitrary arrests to challenge the current government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the leader of a 2014 coup who then headed the military junta that ruled Thailand until last year. The protest movement has also broken a longstanding taboo by demanding reforms of Thailand’s monarchy, which is protected by one of the world’s harshest lèse-majesté laws. Thailand’s king addressed the protests for the first time in rare public comments over the weekend, suggesting he may be open to compromise […]

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