These young Thais are taking on the king
Date: October 13, 2020
Law student Songphon "Yajai" Sonthirak
was arrested after trying to help a fellow protester scuffling with police
who later said they were following standard procedures
"They said: “who the hell do you think you guys are? Do you know who we are?” They were trying to talk down to us, that we were tricked into coming to the protest. They said things like: “how much did you guys get paid?"
"We have not lost hope, we are hopeful every day. Even though we've lost hope in the justice system, the courts but we see the people turning up, we see them and that gives us hope. We can't definitely say that we will win in our generation, but we do hope that it will end with us. We have to admit that this is our hope. That's all we can hope for, between us and the people."
Raroengchon 'Kaen' Rattanavijai documents the protests in cartoons
In her teens, she even attended rallies to support the king
"...those things that we saw on the internet or the pictures that we have been told all our lives is something called propaganda. I have learned about this word when I was like, studying abroad.”
“I was at my grandma's house back at that time and they were watching Nation TV and they watched the news and they was like: “oh yeah, those people (protesters) are like really bad, they shouldn't be alive anymore. I wouldn't be sad, or I would be okay if they die or the police shoot them or something like that.” // I'm kind of like, wait, but I agree with the protester so, does that mean they're okay if the police shoot me? Or, if I was one of the people who got arrested, would you be okay with that?"
Date: October 23, 2020
Patsaravalee "Mind" Tanakitvibulpon emerged as a protest leader
after questioning the king's role at the center of Thai identity
"I can't really put it into words. This is the time when most people have started to become aware and understand what their rights are and they are not tolerating it anymore. I think this is the best time to come out and say something and express our views even more. Personally, I feel there are many people who are afraid to come out and talk. But I'm not. And I think that I'm one of the ordinary people that understands individual rights."
"My parents are worried about me, my whole family. They always tell me a little piece of wood cannot budge a big log. I had to be straightforward and told them not to think about what we can't do. We're citizens and everyone has an equal voice."
A government spokesman said any challenge should come from parliament, not the street
The palace didn’t respond to a request for comment