Is Thailand on the brink of another coup?

Thailand’s student activists this year have been bolder than the country has seen in years.

Pro-democracy demonstrators march to the German Embassy in central Bangkok, Thailand, on Monday, October 26, 2020, as politicians debated in a special session in parliament called to address political tensions [Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP]

Activists in Thailand have been pushing for a change of government for months now, but a coup is not what they originally had in mind. It is, however, what many people in the capital, Bangkok, are preparing for.

Rumours are circulating at a time when protesters are bolder and more organised than they have been in years. Could democratic stability be on the horizon for a country that has experienced 12 coups and 20 constitutions in the past century?

In this episode:

Scott Heidler, Al Jazeera journalist covering Asia Pacific

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Priyanka Tilve produced this episode with Negin Owliaei, Dina Kesbeh, Alexandra Locke, Amy Walters, Ney Alvarez, Abigail Ony Nwaohuocha, and Malika Bilal.

Alex Roldan is The Take’s sound designer. Natalia Aldana is the engagement producer. Stacey Samuel is The Take’s executive producer and Graelyn Brashear is Al Jazeera’s head of audio.

Source: Al Jazeera