Video Duration 25 minutes 25 seconds
From: Inside Story

How will Thailand respond to calls for reform?

A worsening COVID crisis has renewed anti-government protests in the Thai capital, Bangkok.

For the past year, thousands of people in Thailand have been holding protests. They have been angry at their government and the royal family in particular.

But a worsening COVID-19 crisis has once again renewed that anger and led to mass protests on the streets of Bangkok.

Many say officials are not doing enough to keep them safe.

Protesters are demanding a change of the entire political system.

And reforms to vague laws that could see a person jailed for up to 15 years for publicly criticising the monarchy.

But what sparked this latest anger against the Thai king and the government?

Presenter: Hazem Sika

Guests:

Jade Donavanik – Chairman of the faculty of law at the College of Asian Scholars, and former adviser to Thailand’s Constitution Drafting Committee

David Streckfuss – Historian and author of Truth on Trial in Thailand: Defamation, Treason and Lese-Majeste

Pravit Rojanaphruk – Writer and columnist for English news publication, Khaosod.com