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Turbulent Thailand

Thailand protesters take 'a break' with key demands unmet

Splits and mixed messages cool demos but leaders vow to return in 2021

From left, Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, Patsaravalee "Mind" Tanakitvibulpon, and Tattep Ruangprapaikitseree. (Source photos by Reuters and Lauren Decicca)

BANGKOK -- After five months of street protests, Thailand is expected to have a relatively quiet New Year period as pro-democracy protests led by the youth go dormant with no progress on three key demands.

So far, protest calls have been ignored by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, and his administration remains intact. The students meanwhile appear to have come up short on new issues to protest over, and there is a growing impression that the youthful reform movement is running out of steam. Rifts have also become apparent in the leadership.

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