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New disaffected generation poses challenge to Thai govt

Protesters brush off threats of arrest to push for monarchy reform and other demands

Some "red shirt" supporters turned up at Thailand's biggest anti-government protest in years over the weekend, but it was clear they were just a sideshow.

Rappers pranced on stage while others projected trending hashtags onto the concrete columns of Bangkok's Democracy Monument. Protest leaders marched to a police station after the rally, daring the authorities to arrest them.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 18, 2020, with the headline 'New disaffected generation poses challenge to Thai govt'. Print Edition | Subscribe