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Why Thai students are prepared to risk everything

After years of injustice, the real causes of repression must be tackled

| Thailand
Thailand's young demonstrators use their cell phones to send a message at a rally on Sunday afternoon at Democracy Monument near the administrative heart of Thailand's capital. (Photo by Masayuki Yuda)

Netiwit Chotiphatphaisal and Suphanut Aneknumwong are student activists; Netiwit is president of the Political Science Student Union at Chulalongkorn University.

On a sweltering afternoon on Sunday, up to 20,000 people gathered around Bangkok's Democracy Monument, the first public gathering on such scale for more than six years. Many of those present were not hard core protest veterans but high school and university students. For them, this was their first battleground.

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