Protests led by frustrated, defiant youth gain momentum in Thailand

At least 60 pro-democracy rallies recorded since May, tapping into public disillusion over struggling economy

Three student leaders of the Thai protest movement talk about their call for change and their hopes for Thailand's future.
Students and pro-democracy activists flashing the three-finger salute - a trademark of the nationwide youth-driven protests - as they marched in Bangkok on Friday. Protesters have mustered both flash mobs and hours-long extravaganzas, but stayed away
Students and pro-democracy activists flashing the three-finger salute - a trademark of the nationwide youth-driven protests - as they marched in Bangkok on Friday. Protesters have mustered both flash mobs and hours-long extravaganzas, but stayed away from the protracted sit-ins that paralysed Bangkok in Thailand's turbulent past. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Activist lawyer Arnon Nampa sang a medley of folk songs at a Bangkok police station on Friday.

Holding a cordless microphone connected to a loudspeaker, he serenaded a row of mask-wearing policemen who were keeping protesters away from 15 activists, who were inside the station hearing charges over their anti-government protests.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 30, 2020, with the headline 'Protests led by frustrated, defiant youth gain momentum in Thailand'. Print Edition | Subscribe