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Thailand: no country for young people

Kingdom has long history of suppressing progressive youngsters, sometimes violently

| Thailand
Pro-democracy protesters at Bangkok's Victory Monument on Oct. 21: Thailand's generation divide has never been more obvious.   © Reuters

Pavin Chachavalpongpun is associate professor at Kyoto University's Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

After a week of protests across Thailand, the heightened political awareness of its younger generation is apparent. Night after night, thousands of young people connected seamlessly on social media have rallied at key intersections in Bangkok and further afield, deploying rapidly even with public transport shut down.

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