Debate about the Monarchy Continues to Roil Thailand
from Asia Unbound and Asia Program

Debate about the Monarchy Continues to Roil Thailand

Demonstrators in Thailand are increasingly open in their critiques of the military-aligned government and the Thai monarchy.
A protester takes a picture next to a picture of Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha outside the Government House, in Bangkok, Thailand, August 24, 2022.
A protester takes a picture next to a picture of Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha outside the Government House, in Bangkok, Thailand, August 24, 2022. Athit Perawongmetha/via Reuters

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Thailand has been buffeted by political conflict for years, and demonstrators in Thailand now have organized to protest the military-aligned government. They also, increasingly, have become willing to talk openly about the Thai monarchy and its role in government, finance, and daily life, despite harsh lese-majeste laws. For more on the growing discussion of the monarchy, see my Q and A with the organization 112Watch, available here.

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