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#YouthPowerDemocracy: Twitter Space Recaps "Is Thai Democracy in Regress or Progress?"


"Focus on the New Prime Minister Thavisin, elected by the Former military-backed Government: Is Thai Democracy in Regress or Progress?"


Where are we at?


The ongoing political turmoil in Thailand leaves us in doubt about the future of our democracy. More so, because the voices of people have not been heard in this pivotal moment in history. If the new Government follows the path of the previous military junta, we can expect more restrictions on people's voices, more concessions to big corporations, and more top-down decisions.


The government coalition, spearheaded by the "Pheu Thai" party, primarily encompasses conservative parties like "Bhumjai Thai," "Palang Pracharath," "Ruam Thai Sang Chart," and other factions. We all know that some of these parties have historical ties to past military coups or were closely associated with military-backed administrations. As we delve into the intricacies, we find that while the pro-democracy movement aspired for transformation and to distance itself from past power dynamics, certain elements from previous coup-related backgrounds have managed to secure a place within this coalition.


Unfair and undemocratic election of Thailand’s 30th Prime Minister

From the standpoint of democratic principles, this situation can be disheartening and disappointing. Post-election, there was widespread anticipation for structural changes within the country, with the hope of seeing Move Forward Party Leader, Pita Limjaroenrat, becoming the new Prime Minister. Millions of citizens cast their votes to break away from military influence. Yet, despite a significant number of votes opposing military-affiliated parties, these voices have been overshadowed by parliamentary and senatorial mechanisms that retain the legacy of coup eras. The unfair and undemocratic reality is that Srettha Thavisin has become the 30th Prime Minister of Thailand, backed by conservative senators on August 22nd, 2023. BUT, Thavisin is not the people’s choice.


Let’s HEAR FROM YOUTH

For that very reason, on August 26th, 2023, we engaged in a Twitter Space conversation with pro-democracy activists to explore their thoughts on the topic: "The New Prime Minister with (Almost) Former Government: is Thai Democracy in Regress or Progress?"


Scroll to hear the voices of Tawan from CITY, Butae from Young Pride Club, Baipor and Bung from ThaluWang, and Pim from Mokeluang Rimnam, echoing their sentiments after Thavisin’s election. Youth voices were clearly sidelined by conservative echoes of the past, but to us at Manushya, they resound powerfully: their voices must be heard! Their votes symbolized the aspirations of over 14 million Thai citizens, united for radical transformation under a pro-democracy government, detached from antiquated ‘uncles’. Dive in to glean Youth wisdom, for they shape both the present and the future of Thailand. ⤵️










Listen to our Twitter space to delve into the hopes & dreams of pro-democracy activists for a true Thai Democracy, a future they envision👉https://bitly.ws/TEFP


#WeAreManushyan ∞ Equal Human Beings


Manushya Foundation stands in solidarity with all pro-democracy activists and protesters, and is committed to advancing human rights, equality, and justice.


Our series of Twitter Spaces is part of the ‘Youth Power Democracy’ project aimed at fortifying the influence of youth activists, a driving force propelling Thailand towards democracy. We firmly believe that the voices of the youth play a crucial role in challenging dictatorship. Keep an eye out for more thrilling activities on the horizon! Stay engaged as we continue this exciting journey of positive change!




While you’re here, read more about Thailand’s general elections and our work to support democracy, combating dictatorship, fighting for corporate accountability and climate justice, and powering women leaders, creating a safer, inclusive space online and offline for everyone ⤵️


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