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Calls to Curb the Crown’s Writ Put Thailand on Edge

Young pro-democracy protesters have roiled Thai politics with a previously taboo demand to reform the country’s monarchy.

As the state resists change, and conservative citizens recoil, the risk of violence is growing.

  • Matthew Wheeler
  • ICG

The standoff poses Thailand’s existential question: is the king sovereign or are the people?

At a small, rain-soaked pro-democracy rally in Thailand’s north-eastern city of Nakhorn Ratchasima in early October, three young women staged a performance entitled “Who Killed the People?”

Appearing first as a trio of anonymous figures bound together by tangled cords, through silent dance and mime their roles emerged: monarch, military and people. In the play’s

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