The anti-military rap group Rap Against Dictatorship has been declared one of the three winners of the 2019 Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent, which will be presented on 29 May at the Oslo Freedom Forum.
Both the Democrat Party and the Bhumjaithai Party have now taken a step back from joining a government led by Phalang Pracharat.
An anti-junta faction inside the Democrat Party has emerged calling for the Democrat Party not to support Prayut Chan-o-cha to be the next Prime Minister of Thailand.
Amidst the storm of legal prosecutions against its party leaders, the Future Forward Party (FFP) has gained a small victory after its transgender MPs were allowed to dress according to their gender identity to the opening of parliament.
“Someone has ordered me dead,” said the 7-times assaulted anti-junta activist Ekkachai Hongkangwan.
On Saturday (25 May), Ekkachai Hongkangwan reported on Facebook that 6 men rode 2 motorcycles to assault Anurak ‘Ford’ Jeantawanich, an anti-junta activist. Anurak went to Muangsamut Poo Chao Hospital for treatment.
Ngu hao (งูเห่า) or ‘cobra’ in Thai political culture means renegade politicians who betray their colleagues or the trust of people who elected them, in order to reap the benefits from joining a government coalition.
Chuan Leekpai, a senior member from the Democrat Party and former Prime Minister of Thailand, was elected by the House of Representatives as its Speaker on Saturday (May 25). Election of Chuan Leekpai as House Speaker shows rifts in both power blocs.
On 23 May, the Constitutional Court ruled to suspend Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit’s MP status after accepting the Election Commission’s request to consider disqualifying him for holding shares in a media company.
#SaveFaiyen trended on Twitter over the weekend amidst concerns over the safety of Thai political refugees in neighbouring countries.