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Khun Somchai

Khun Somchai shares first-hand accounts from common people who care about Thailand. The name “Somchai” is so common that it can mean a politician, a singer, a cosmetic brand, or even the Thai military junta.

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29 November 2014

Selfies, ‘Sandwich Parties’ and ‘The Hunger Games': How Activists Have Challenged Thailand's Martial Law

Six months have passed since the army grabbed power and declared martial law in Thailand. During this time, Thai citizens have used various forms of protests against the junta.

11 November 2014

At London Premiere, Demonstrators Say the Real ‘Hunger Games’ Is in Thailand

Thai students in London demonstrated outside the premiere of the popular film "The Hunger Games," calling attention to real-life threats to democracy in their home country.

9 November 2014

Thai Student Activist Says Military Junta Is Monitoring Her Actions

Nattanan Warintarawet, who vocally defends free assembly and expression, spoke with Global Voices about her experience in promoting reforms in the military-backed government of Thailand.

6 November 2014

Thailand's Coup Regime Is Meddling With Education to Teach ‘Correct Democracy’

The military-backed school reforms aim to foster reconciliation, but the name of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was mysteriously removed in the history textbooks

27 October 2014

‘Hunger Games’ Salute Gives Hope to Democracy Activists in Thailand

Attendees at a cremation of a former public official made a three-finger salute which was last used by activists denouncing the coup and loss of democracy in Thailand.

26 October 2014

Thai Students to Hong Kong Protesters: ‘Do Not Give Up’

It is illegal in Thailand today to organize or join rallies, but a group of Thai students expressed their support for Hong Kong's protesters in a special Google Hangout discussion.

2 October 2014

It's Illegal to Hold a Rally in Thailand, but Students Did It Anyway to Support Hong Kong's Protesters

Thailand's army, which grabbed power last May, has outlawed the public gathering of five or more people. Bu it didn't stop some students from showing support to Hong Kong protesters.

27 September 2014

Thailand's Military Stops University Lecture on ‘Authoritarianism’ and Detains Professors

Academics from various universities in Thailand have deplored the action taken by the army and the government as an attack on academic freedom.

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