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Thai Constitutional Court leans closer to military amid protests

Power mechanism in the kingdom explains Future Forward's dissolution

The Future Forward Party, led by Thanathorn Juangroongrunangkit, lasted less than two years before the Constitutional Court dissolved the party in February. (Photo by Akira Kodaka) 

BANGKOK -- Hundreds of protesters, most of them students and wearing masks, attended an anti-government rally at the campus of state-run Kasetsart University in northern Bangkok on Feb. 29 despite the government's call to cancel it to prevent the spread of new coronavirus infections.

"Prayut, get out!" they shouted repeatedly, referring to Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha, while raising the three-finger salute popularized by "The Hunger Games," a 2012 U.S. film depicting civilian resistance to an authoritarian state. Similar rallies have been held day after day recently, spreading to more than 20 universities across Thailand.

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