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Since last year, protestors have been calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Gen Prayut who came to power through a coup in 2014.
Protesters have three demands: The resignation of the prime minister, the reallocation of the budget for the monarchy and military to COVID-19 assistance, and replacement of Sinovac with mRNA vaccines.
"I think everyone should be a feminist, because if it’s a true democracy, the people should be supreme, and every person should be equal, no matter their gender or class."
Some students refused to stand while others used a camera filter to make it appear like they were wearing a school uniform.
"I feel that I have to come out to demand my rights. My friends, my younger siblings, or my children in the future should have a better life than this."
In Bangkok, LGBTQ activists join ranks with democracy protestors join to demand gender and marriage equality as well as political reforms of the monarchy.
The government failed to portray the protesters as aggressive and violent, causing a political backfire and pressuring authorities to step back.
"There is no more staying neutral, either you side with democracy or side with dictatorship that uses power unfairly."
The protest highlighted the abuses inflicted on students in several Bangkok schools
“Meeting the kids in this generation again, I don’t want them to be 74 and still having to come and sit like this again. I want it to end already.”
“Paint can be washed out, but we can’t wash out injustice.”
"It’s time that change needs to happen. Right now, frankly, we’re not here for our own future, but for our child’s future."
Protesters issued three demands related to democratic reforms and human rights protetion, and gave the government two weeks to respond.
Fearing instability, the Thai government is failing to protect the labor rights of both Thai nationals and migrant workers.
"I hope that one day domestic workers will be able to stand up without feeling shameful. Honestly, when I was a housekeeper, I was not proud of my profession."
Prior to this development, Chulalongkorn University had no official protocol for transgender students wishing to dress according to their gender identity.
Joshua Wong gives updates on the Hong Kong protest and addresses allegations by Gen Apirat Kongsompong, Thai Royal Army Chief.
Dhammananda’s efforts to re-establish the Theravada bhikkhuni (female monastic) lineage in Thailand have been met with resistance from both the laity and monks who are against ordaining women.
The hashtag #royalmotorcade trended in Thailand after netizens reported traffic problems caused by a royal motorcade.
"Democracy must be created from the people, mustn’t it? Democracy cannot come from only one person."