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Thousands join Thai anti-government protest, royalists hold rival rally

Aug 10 2020

BANGKOK Thousands joined an anti-government demonstration at a Thai university on Monday, the largest such protest by students, challenging the government and conservative establishment even as royalist rivals held their own rally.

Testing royal taboos: inside Thailand's new youth protests

Aug 10 2020

BANGKOK Over two days of video calls earlier this month, about a dozen students from Thailand’s Kasetsart and Mahanakorn universities debated whether to break a taboo that could land them in jail: openly challenging the country’s powerful monarchy, according to two people on the calls.

Hamster hero? How a Japanese cartoon became Thai youth protesters' symbol

Aug 01 2020

BANGKOK Thailand's emerging student pro-democracy movement has adopted a Japanese cartoon hamster, Hamtaro, as a creative way to get support from young people around the country.

Thai pro-government rally raises risk of new confrontations

Jul 30 2020

BANGKOK Dozens of Thai demonstrators singing patriotic songs and shouting "long live the king" rallied in the capital on Thursday in response to a series of anti-government protests led by student groups in recent weeks.

Thai pro-government rally raises risk of new confrontations

Jul 30 2020

BANGKOK, July 30 Dozens of Thai demonstrators singing patriotic songs and shouting "long live the king" rallied in the capital on Thursday in response to a series of anti-government protests led by student groups in recent weeks.

Water wars: Mekong River another front in U.S.-China rivalry

Jul 24 2020

BANGKOK The Mekong River has become a new front in U.S.-China rivalry, environmentalists and officials say, with Beijing overtaking Washington in both spending and influence over downstream countries at the mercy of its control of the river's waters.

Thai protesters call for government to resign

Jul 18 2020

BANGKOK Around 2,500 Thai protesters on Saturday evening demanded the resignation of the government and the dissolution of parliament, defying a coronavirus ban on gatherings in one of the largest street demonstrations since a 2014 military coup.

Thailand changes entry rules after new COVID-19 cases spark second wave fear

Jul 14 2020

BANGKOK Thailand's government tightened regulations for the entry of foreigners on Tuesday, after two new imported coronavirus cases with possible exposure to the public raised concern about a second wave of infections.

Thai army holds ceremony countering pro-democracy protesters view of history

Jun 25 2020

BANGKOK Thailand's army has joined the debate over history and democracy in the Southeast Asian nation by holding a ceremony on the same day that pro-democracy demonstrations were held at memorials to the 1932 revolution that ended centuries of absolute monarchy.

In Thailand, it's statues of democracy leaders that are disappearing

Jun 24 2020

BANGKOK Certain historical statues have been disappearing in Thailand, but they are not effigies of colonialists or slave owners torn down by protesters.

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