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Anon Nampha and the campaign to reform the monarchy

By Hathairat Phaholtap

The calls for reform of the monarchy has never been so loud, or so strong, as in 2020. The Isaan Record invited Anon Nampha, a controversial human rights lawyerand probably Thailand’s bravest oratorto speak his mind via a live online broadcast titled, “From Harry Potter to Reform of the Monarchy.”

After the Harry Potter-themed protestofficial slogan, “Casting a Spell to Expel You-Know-Who”on August 3, 2020 at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok shocked wider society with its forthrightness, the bar for frank discussion of the monarchy in public seems to have been irrevocably raised. 

The Isaan Record: What was the last straw that forced you to dress up as Harry Potter and speak about the monarchy on stage? 

Anon Nampha: Reform of the monarchy has been a main talking point of public protests since the beginning of 2020, when the Future…

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