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Artwork highlights Thailand's polarized politics

Works such as this one referring to former Thai leaders Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister Yingluck have prompted fierce criticism of Thai contemporary artist Sutee Kunavichyanont's political views. (Photo courtesy of the artist)

BANGKOK -- When whistle-blowing anti-government protesters took to the streets of Bangkok from late 2013, among their number were a group of local artists who channeled their collective creativity into raising money for the protest movement.

Protest-inspired paintings, posters and T-shirts were sold and concerts performed in support of efforts by the People's Democratic Reform Committee, led by former Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, to bring the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to its knees.

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