Activists and civil society groups in Thailand want to replace the military-drafted 2017 constitution with a more democratic charter. Last month, they kicked off an effort to collect public input for a new constitution draft based on the process used in the drafting of the “People’s Constitution” of 1997.
Several thousand students staged a protest on July 24 at Ratchada Nuson Park in central Khon Kaen city. Under the slogan, “Isaan is not afraid,” the event was part of a nationwide youth movement calling on the prime minister to dissolve parliament, end harassment of government critics, and draft a new, democratic constitution.
The Isaan Record26/07/2020
In this final part of our series on the tenth anniversary of the political violence of 2010 and its aftermath, we want to capture some of the comments and feedback we received from readers and contributors.
The Isaan Record19/06/2020
Reflecting on the violence in 2010, former National Human Rights Commissioner Niran Phitakwachara calls Thailand’s political system outdated as power is monopolized in the hands of the military and a small elite.
Political scientist Chaiyan Rajchagool reflects on some of the lessons of the struggle of the Red Shirts and the fatal crackdown in 2010. [VIDEO]
The Isaan Record11/06/2020
“Back in 2010, I thought the protests were taking us close to a change towards a democratic system, where everyone would be under the constitution.” “But it didn’t turn out like that. We lost. We failed,” says Thanat Thammakaew, who is known by his pen name Phu Kradat. The prolific Isaan writer reflects on the Red Shirt movement.
Artistic expression had an undisputed place in the Red Shirt movement. But little of the art of the Red Shirts has been preserved. Not only because it was destroyed by the 2010 crackdown, but also because it wasn’t seen as art in the first place, says art critic and curator Thanom Chapakdee.
The Isaan Record08/06/2020
Ten years after the violence of 2010, the rattle of gunfire and the smoke of battle is still the mind’s eye of Teerapol Anmai, a professor at Ubon Ratchathani University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts. Back then he visited the Red Shirt protest sites which would eventually become the killing grounds for, as Teerapol puts it, “people who are seen as less than people.”
The Isaan Record05/06/2020
“It’s no small thing. If you know that people died at the hands of the state, if you know they were shot with bullets paid for with our taxes, it’s quite a different matter than being shot by a common robber,” says Dueanwad Phimwana, author and S.E.A. Write Award winner of 2003. [VIDEO]