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Loss of protest leaders ‘critical’

Loss of protest leaders ‘critical’

Analysis: Scholars argue emergency decree stokes tensions, writes Aekarach Sattaburuth

Demonstrators near Ratchaprasong intersection in Bangkok on Thursday evening. (Photo by Arnun Chonmahatrakool)

The anti-government rally on Wednesday reflects structural conflicts in society while the anti-government movement is expected to weaken now several protest leaders have been arrested, an academic said.

Yutthaporn Issarachai, a political scientist at Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, told the Bangkok Post the rally was a sign of ideological conflicts as seen in the gatherings of two opposing groups.

He referred to the protest group which trumpets demands including reform of the monarchy, and several yellow-clad…

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