Abstract

Abstract:

The 2013–14 People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC)—a mass protest movement that occupied a number of major Bangkok traffic intersections—bears a significant degree of responsibility for the fact that Thailand remains under a hybrid form of military rule today. Nevertheless, close scrutiny of the PDRC reveals that the movement was more diverse and wide-ranging than previously understood. Like the earlier People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), which staged anti-Thaksin rallies in 2006 and 2008, the PDRC was actually a broad church of factions and individuals, united by little more than a shared disdain for the then government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Drawing on 48 interviews conducted with PDRC protesters in 2014, this article examines the diverse motives and circumstances that explained individual participation in these important protests.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1793-284X
Print ISSN
0129-797X
Pages
pp. 125-150
Launched on MUSE
2021-07-01
Open Access
No
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