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Long years of economic inequality under Thailand’s military government has fueled the people’s backfiring support for the opposition parties, making them win a landslide victory in the national election this year.
Despite opinion polls suggesting the likelihood of a change in government, a history of military coups, court orders, and junta-formulated 2017 constitution sustain fears of the military’s continued rule.
Draft legislation to strictly control all kinds of groups could crush civil society and drive out foreign organizations.
Pro-democracy activists and security forces have clashed once again in Bangkok, with police using tear gas and water cannons laced with irritating chemicals to stop protesters from entering the country's parliament.
Pro-democracy protesters in Thailand have ignored a government ban on demonstrations calling for Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to stand down and new limits on the power of the monarchy.
An anti-government rally in Thailand is one of the biggest seen in the country since a coup in 2014. Protesters accuse Prime Minister Prayuth's administration of rolling back democratic freedoms.