In many countries, an expression of political will through voting, is seen as fulfilling civic duties, but here in Thailand, voters who fought obstructions and risk their safety to cast the ballots last Sunday were given different labels: “traitors”, “buffalos” and “the uneducated.”
Witch-hunts or cases of political cyber-bullying, linked to the intense polarization of Thai society, are used intensively to curtail criticism on sensitive issues, especially the monarchy and are closely linked to the lèse majesté law. This article explores online and offline political bullying, dating back to 2010.
Music is a powerful tool in political movements and revolutions. What if there was music which aims to push the envelope of the unutterable issue of the monarchy in Thai society under the lèse majesté law? Faiyen is an emerging pop band which transforms Thais’ private conversations about the monarchy into funny and catchy songs that people can sing and dance along to.
The bold attempt by the ruling Pheu Thai Party to pass a blanket amnesty bill has greatly upset anti-establishment red shirts. Many red shirts have become uncertain of who to vote for in the next general election. As the amnesty issue has made it clearer that Pheu Thai may not always comply with the will of the red shirts, the idea of establishing an alternative party has been raised and widely discussed. Prachatai talked to a red-shirt supporter, a new alternative party leader and academics to find out about this possibility.