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Thailand's monarchy must learn to coexist with democracy

Both sides of current political conflict are fighting for the control of history

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Protest leaders install a plaque declaring "this country belongs to the people" during a mass rally near the Grand Palace in Bangkok in September 2020: they retaliated.   © Reuters

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

George Orwell once said that whoever controls the past controls the present. Both sides of the current Thai political conflict have taken this message to heart and are fighting to gain control of the nation's history.

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