Political scientist Chaiyan Rajchagool reflects on how the ruling class have constructed a politico-military complex, and co-opted state institutions in a bid to keep democracy at bay.
“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.
The political violence of 2010 claimed the lives of at least 94 people. Out of that number, 36 were confirmed to be from Isaan. Adithep Chanthet takes a look at the lives of five of those killed, what took them to the capital, their economic backgrounds, and their political ideas.
Born into a family of politicians in Ubon Ratchathani, Sudarat Phithakphonphanlop learned from a young age what it means to be a representative of the people. In this interview, the 23-year-old shares her views on Thailand’s democracy after the election and talks about her political ambitions.