Abstract

Abstract:

Since early 2020, Thai youth have organized fragmented flash mobs that have transformed into mass rallies on the street—these are the largest demonstrations since the 2014 coup. They made history by shattering the restrictions on criticism of the monarchy and calling for limits on the power of the monarchy, which has dominated Thai politics for two decades.. After a protest on October 16, 2020, during which police fired a water cannon at peaceful protesters, the protests transformed into leaderless flash mobs cropping up across the country to challenge the establishment. This essay offers a contextualized analysis of Thailand's 2020 uprising in relation to the tumultuous past decade, a discussion on the role of technology in activism, and an examination of how Thai youth have reimagined engagement in citizenship and politics to advance their struggle for democracy.

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ISSN
1945-4724
Print ISSN
1945-4716
Pages
pp. 43-55
Launched on MUSE
2021-03-02
Open Access
No
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