Why Protesters Are Back on the Streets in Thailand

Thailand’s 2019 election was billed as an end to five years of military rule. Yet not much changed after the disputed vote: Former army chief and coup leader Prayuth Chan-Ocha returned as prime minister with the help of a military-backed party and the military-appointed Senate. After a court early this year ordered an opposition party to disband, student-led rallies for more democracy gained momentum. Their demands have even extended to the monarchy — a shocking development in a country where c