Udon Thani new generation: Battle over royal portraits, a monument, and a flag (Part II)

Udorn Thani’s democracy fighters are battling over symbols. Three cherished symbols of the state: the royal portrait, the city’s essential patron saint, and a desecrated flag. Protest leaders say time is on their side and they hope to change this former “Capital of Red Shirts to “the Capital of Democracy.” In Part I, the battles over two symbols were over, but the third, over a flag, remains—and a royal visit.

David

David

December 31, 2020

Part I: Sakon Nakhon stirs: Students and academics continue a decades-old struggle (11))

The geography and history of freedom fighters set Sakon Nakhon off from the rest of Isaan. Though youth protests have been slow to start and lack some of the vigor seen in other Isaan provinces, Sakon Nakhon Rajabhat University, has played an important role in linking the province’s past with the new generation’s protests. (See “Part II: Sakon Nakhon’s rediscovered heroes of democracy” tomorrow.)

David

David

December 16, 2020
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