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Rallying for Democracy? Thailand’s Latest Student Protests
September 23, 2020 - 18:30-19:30
ASIANET: fokus webinar with NIAS Director Duncan McCargo, Senior Researcher with the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) Marte Nilsen, and foreign news journalist and former Asia correspondent for Aftenposten Kristoffer Rønneberg.
Although Thailand held an election in March 2019, the clique of generals who seized power in the 2014 military coup remain in office. Student-led political protests against Thailand’s hybrid regime began on 18 July, when speakers at a Bangkok rally demanded the dissolution of parliament, constitutional reform and an end to the official harassment of those with dissenting voices. On 10 August, students at Thammasat University made unprecedented public calls for the reform of the monarchy – proposals that sparked considerable controversy. The Thai Parliament is now working on plans to amend and then completely rewrite the constitution.
In this ASIANET: fokus seminar, we will discuss what these unexpected developments signify, and explore the possible scenarios for the months ahead.
Organized by Asianettverket, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) and Peace Research Institute (PRIO)