Plural Partisans: Thailand’s People’s Democratic Reform Committee Protesters

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The 2013-14 People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) - a mass protest movement that occupied a number of major Bangkok traffic intersections-bears a significant degree of responsibility for the fact that Thailand remains under a hybrid form of military rule today. Nevertheless, close scrutiny of the PDRC reveals that the movement was more diverse and wide-ranging than previously understood. Like the earlier People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), which staged anti-Thaksin rallies in 2006 and 2008, the PDRC was actually a broad church of factions and individuals, united by little more than a shared disdain for the then government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Drawing on 48 interviews conducted with PDRC protesters in 2014, this article examines the diverse motives and circumstances that explained individual participation in these important protests.
Original languageEnglish
JournalContemporary Southeast Asia
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)125-150
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2021

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Social Sciences - protest movements, partisanship, public demonstrations, military government, reforms, Prime Ministers


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