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Thai students rally against dissolution of FFP

Thai students held rare flashmob protests on Wednesday as anger at the dissolution of a stridently anti-military opposition party bubbles in a kingdom with a long history of raucous street politics.Universities across the country have seen rallies since the Future Forward Party (FFP) was dissolved last Friday over an alleged illegal loan by its billionaire founder.The party won 6.3 million votes in elections last March, earning the loyalty of millennials with its radical agenda to expunge the

27 February 2020

Thailand denies PM aided in Malaysia’s 1MDB scandal

Thailand's government threatened legal action on Monday against a banned opposition party which claimed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha  aided in the cover-up of Malaysia's 1MDB graft scandal by harbouring a fugitive financier.The stridently anti-military Future Forward Party, the third largest in parliament, was dissolved Friday by a court and its key members banned from politics for a decade.On Sunday Future Forward's spokeswoman Pannika Wanich held a public confere

25 February 2020

Thai court dissolves Future Forward Party

A stridently anti-military Thai party was dissolved Friday and its key members banned from politics for a decade over a US$6 million loan by its billionaire founder, a withering blow to the kingdom's pro-democracy movement.The ruling could edge the politically febrile kingdom – whose economy is shrinking – closer to the street protests that have scored much of the last 15 years of Thai history.The Future Forward Party (FFP), fronted by the charismatic auto-parts scion, Thanathorn Juangro

22 February 2020

Thai opposition party survives dissolution bid

A stridently anti-military Thai party survived a first legal attempt to disband it Tuesday over alleged sedition - including links to the Illuminati, a secret group conspiracy theorists say is seeking global domination.The Constitutional Court ruled Future Forward - a pro-democracy party which vehemently opposes the army-aligned establishment - had not shown any intent to overthrow the constitutional monarchy.Dismissing the charge, a judge on the nine-member bench said there was no sign key e

22 January 2020

How will Thailand’s FFP play its hand?

Earlier this week, Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was quoted as saying that rallies were a “waste of time”. He was, of course, referring to Sunday’s Future Forward Party (FFP)-backed rally referred to as “Run Against Dictatorship” by some quarters and “Run to Oust Uncle” by others.“I am not an enemy of anyone.

16 January 2020

FFP’s anti-government fun run draws thousands

Around 10,000 Thais joined the "Run Against Dictatorship" on Sunday, shouting slogans and wielding three-finger salutes from the Hunger Games films in the largest show of political defiance since the 2014 coup.The runners massed before dawn in a Bangkok park to take a stand against the government, which is led by former junta leader Prayut Chan-o-cha and backed by a parliament stacked with MPs loyal to the military.The run was led by Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the charismatic bi

13 January 2020

Will Thais stay calm at Future Forward Party run?

Last week, news reports in Thailand revealed that as many as 10,000 anti-government opponents had registered for the “Run Against Dictatorship” event organised by the Future Forward Party. The event is set to take place this Sunday in the country’s capital city, Bangkok.Thai pro-government supporters have decided that they would stage a rival walk on the same day.

9 January 2020

Thanathorn for Thai Prime Minister?

Last week, a survey by Thailand’s National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA) named Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit “the most suitable person” for the post of Thai Prime Minister and his Future Forward Party as the best party to lead the country. Current Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha came in a distant second spot in the poll.The NIDA Poll was conducted between 18 to 20 December, 2019 and involved 2,511 Thai adults from various occupations and levels of education.

7 January 2020

Can Thailand afford another street protest?

Thailand recently witnessed, what is considered by many, to be the largest street protest in more than five years (before the military coup of 2014). Thousands of people gathered on the skywalk linking the National Stadium and Siam Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) stations, chanting “Prayut get out” at an anti-military demonstration on Saturday. Heading the protest?

17 December 2019

Thousands rally behind popular Thai leader

Thousands rallied in Bangkok behind the popular leader of an upstart anti-establishment party on Saturday, in the first major protest since March elections returned a junta-aligned government to power.Protesters held signs calling for democracy and flashed a three-finger salute, a rallying symbol used by the Future Forward Party (FFP) that got more than six million votes in the election, thanks to mostly young Thais weary of the military's role in politics. The party's popu

15 December 2019

Is Thailand risking another massacre?

6 October, recently, marked exactly 43 years since the Thammasat University massacre in Thailand back in 1976, an attack by state forces and far-right paramilitaries on student protesters on the campus of Thammasat University and the adjacent Sanam Luang Square in Bangkok. Prior to the massacre, 4,000 to 5,000 students from various universities demonstrated for more than a week against the return of former military dictator Thanom Kittikachorn to Thailand from Singapore.To this day,

19 October 2019