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Thailand's 'Hunger Games' crisis has its roots in dismal economics

Criticizing the monarchy was not a factor during previous periods of social unrest

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Protesters clash with riot police officers in Bangkok on Oct. 16: it all comes down to the economy.   © Sipa/AP

William Pesek is an award-winning Tokyo-based journalist and author of "Japanization: What the World Can Learn from Japan's Lost Decades."

Jennifer Lawrence's "Hunger Games" films are experiencing an untimely revival in Thailand amid protests capturing the world's imagination.

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