Pavin Chachavalpongpun, co-founder of FORSEA, was invited to share his view by the Chicago Council of Global Affairs in the programme, “Deep Dish: Thailand’s Youth Demand Democratic Reforms“.
Pavin emphasised the need for Thai society to be able to speak openly now about the role of the monarchy. For decades, the Thai monarchy has dominated the Thai political space, firmly supported by the military. The royal institution sits on top of the apex of political structure; yet is is illegal to criticise it under the draconian lese-majeste law.
Recent the student protests address this pertinent issue, proposing ten points of their demand, intentionally relocating the monarchy back in the constitution. Pavin’s own political activism can be found in his private Facebook group, Royalist Marketplace, with more than 1 million members after just 4 months of its establishment. But its access in Thailand is now blocked by the Thai government. This means Facebook has entered into this political mess as the struggle for political power has continued to characterise Thailand.
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Banner: 2020, August,18 ,Bangkok, Thailand, Thousand of student gathered at Mahidol university to protest against the government and the monarchy. Image: kan Sangtong / Shutterstock.com