Editorial: Thailand’s anti-junta agenda overshadowed by ‘election now’ campaign
The movement against the ruling junta has been reignited after the recent protests calling for elections at the MBK department store and the Democracy Monument, but the public seems to be overlooking one of their primary goals, which is to stop the junta from prolonging its power. Since late January, the group of activists called Democracy Restoration Group (DRG) have staged three political activities, which have led to the prosecution of over 70 individuals. The DRG has proposed two main agendas -- firstly, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) must hold an election in 2018, and, secondly, it must cease its efforts to prolong power after the election. “When we have elections, when we have [elected] cabinet, the NCPO has to step down by default, this is the first step of building our democracy,” DRG leader Anon Nampa said during a speech at the protest on...
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