What’s going on in Thailand?
Seems like 2020 has come to surprise as many people as possible. This time, it is the protests in Thailand led by young women who are standing against all male-driven and most powerful country’s institutions like monarchy, patriarch military, and Buddhist monkhood.
The protests counting thousands of people started on last Saturday, September 19, 2020, in Bangkok, facing the Grand Palace, and have been lasting since then. The main face of those pro-democracy protests is made of young students, who are tired of the hundred-years’ traditions and limits in a society, which tangibly do not correspond to modern life anymore. Other issues that are addressed by protesters are taxes, abortion control, and very outdated school rules. The main concern is that women in the country do not have any real involvement and influence. Every important position and process is controlled solely by men, with the most significant reflection of this statement in military and monarchy.
The current position of Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha is as follows: ‘If we create equal rights for women and men and create fair justice in the country, everything in our society will deteriorate.’