Although the shutdown in Bangkok currently commands centre stage, Thailand has been plagued with two political crises over the past 80 years or more.
A national flag hovers over female Muslim students as they line up for a flag-hoisting ceremony at a school in Pattani. Thailand’s twin political crises in national politics and the restive South have their origins in the centralisation of power in Bangkok. Jetjaras Na Ranong
One is the ongoing crisis in Bangkok over the legitimacy of the incumbent government. The second is the crisis in southern Thailand rooted in a contest over projects that have periodically manifested themselves in militant struggles.
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