Thailand's new-generation political disruptors

The meteoric rise and fall of the Future Forward Party is both a postscript and star chart of what lies in store for the country

Prominent Thai opposition figure Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit (centre) attending a pro-democracy rally in Bangkok on Sept 19, 2020. PHOTO: AFP

Can a political system be changed from within? That's the question gripping Thailand these days, amid near daily protests challenging the royalist military establishment helmed by King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

"We joke among ourselves, that if we cannot reform the monarchy through Parliament, then we should have a revolution," says Ms Chonthicha Jangrew, who, at the age of 27, counts herself as an "elder" among the leaders driving the demonstrations.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.