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Younger voices are taking back Thailand from military rulers

Future Forward party's dissolution will not stop millennials working for change

| Thailand
Millennials want the country's future back: Demonstrators protest the court's decision to dissolve the Future Forward party, at Bangkok's Kasetsart University on Feb. 29.   © NurPhoto/Getty Images

Despite preoccupations with coronavirus management, Thailand's government cannot avoid the march of the country's youth movement. The drumbeat of dissent this time derives not from the color-coded protests of the past two decades but from fed-up voters and younger voices intent on taking back a country they lost to two military coups and two constitutions amid the polarization, dysfunction and incompetence of the ruling elites.

Awakened by the court-ordered but dubious dissolution of the Future Forward party, which offered a progressive platform against military meddling in politics, what has become essentially a youth movement is taking matters into its own hands.

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