New Generation Presses Thailand’s Military and Monarchy to Step Away From Politics
Political turmoil isn’t new in Thailand, which has been rocked by coups and periods of unrest for decades. But a new generation of Thais has taken to the streets in recent months against a system they see as dictatorial and out-of-place in the 21st century, with some questioning the very foundation of what it means to be Thai.
“When I was eight, I saw a coup d’état. When I was 12 years old, I saw the most violent crackdown in recent history. When I was 16, I saw another coup d’état,” said 22-year-old Parit Chiwarak. “As a…