Pattawee Chotanan looks at the government’s approach to curb and suppress the youth-led pro-democracy protests.
Youth protests against the government are on the rise again in the Northeast and across the country. Patawee Chotanan observed a protest in Ubon Ratchathani and made eight interesting observations.
The exodus of Isaan people fleeing the COVID-19 outbreak in Bangkok was, in part, a result of government incompetence. It is not justified that they are now bearing the stigma of “super spreaders.” It also begs the question: “Why don’t these people take jobs in their home provinces?” asks Pattawee Chotanont.
Floods and droughts happen every year, but the Thai government has never addressed the issue with any sort of long-term vision. It’s time to systematically address the problems of flood risk management in the Northeast, writes guest contributor Pattawi Choti-Anan.