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A breakdown in trust is eroding Thai social cohesion

Overcoming public polarization will be a monumental task

| Thailand
A pro-democracy protester prays during a demonstration in Bangkok in December 2020: the current Thai political conflict has a generational and ideological divide.   © Sipa/AP

Panarat Anamwathana is a lecturer in economic history at Thammasat University in Bangkok.

Polarization seems to be a mainstay in Thai politics. Social media and misinformation are exacerbating the deterioration of social cohesion and trust.

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