Young Thais have nothing more to lose, says protest leader

22-year-old facing several charges says words used in rallies reflect feelings of oppression

Pro-democracy activist Parit Chiwarak being helped out of a police van as it arrived at a police station in Bangkok on Oct 30, after he was released from jail over protest-related offences.
Pro-democracy activist Parit Chiwarak being helped out of a police van as it arrived at a police station in Bangkok on Oct 30, after he was released from jail over protest-related offences.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Parit Chiwarak, 22, offered a firm handshake rather than a traditional Thai "wai" by way of greeting before the interview.

He insists on addressing Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn simply as "Vajiralongkorn", because "we are all equal as humans".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 25, 2020, with the headline 'Young Thais have nothing more to lose, says protest leader'. Print Edition | Subscribe