For the past months, a broad political movement, primarily led by Thai youth, has advanced a series of increasingly provocative protests against the military government.
“We won’t stop until the dark forces are expelled.” Anyone experiencing this ongoing protest must have heard this line. And it is by no means an exaggeration, after Thais have witnessed that the youth movements of secondary school and university students have evolved in scale and matured their message to send a shockwave through the country’s political system.
Aiming at a collective of fragile military autocrats, oligarchs, and monarchists who collectively cling to power in the country, these dissidents have made demands of an intensity that pro-democracy protesters in 2010 never reached. In Thai, it is said that they are “dismantling the precedent taboo,” while confronting “you-know-who and you-know-what” issues (especially related to the king) without flinching. This new, ongoing movement has already proved a potent threat—not only to the ruling military government, but to a deep-rooted system of oligarchy, which depends on the absolute sacralization of the monarchy as much as on the feudalist mentality ingrained in the everydayness of Thai society.
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