Pavin Chachavalpongpun

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On the Thai Elections

On the Thai Elections

The monarchy needs the army to safeguard the throne and the army needs the king to justify its role in politics.

The last years of Bhumibol coincided with the emergence of a new generation in Thailand, which grew up during a time in which the royal propaganda started to subside. Around this time too, the emergence of social media served to expand political horizons, showing young Thais how people fought for democracy in other parts of the world.