A Thai red-shirt activist with a picture of Thaksin Shinawatra on his chest. Photo: AFP / HOANG DINH Nam

Pending Thai new elections

While the sun is shining on Thailand's sandy beaches, the political storm is never far away.

Karl Ingar Røys is a visual artist and filmmaker
E-mail: kroys@hotmail.com
Published: November 1, 2018

Parit Chiwarak is only twenty years old, but he has several years behind him as a political activist. Today he is one of the most profiled anti-junta debate aunts in Thailand. I meet him one night at the renowned University of Chulalongkorn in Bangkok. He tells me that the police are monitoring who he hits. I look over my shoulder in pure reflex, but Parit seems calm and undisturbed. He would rather focus on why he does what he does. He starts with the beginning, and that is always a good starting point.

In 1912, during the reign of King Vajiravudh of Thailand, soldiers and intellectuals secretly devised a plan with the intention of establishing a democratic…

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