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Veera Prateepchaikul

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Former Bangkok Post Editor, political commentator and a regular columnist at Post Publishing.

Veera Prateepchaikul
04:30

TV debate puts protesters on the spot

The talk of the town this weekend was the debate on Thai Rath TV's Direct Question with Jomquan talk show on Friday night on the Crown Property Regulations Act, between Dr Arnond Sakworawich of the National Institute Development Administration (Nida) and Ms Panusaya "Rung" Sitthijirawattanakul, one of the firebrand protest leaders of the Khana Ratsadon movement and a student at Thammasat University's Faculty of Social Science and Humanities.

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TV debate puts protesters on the spot
23 Nov 2020

Angry protests won’t solve issues

Frankly speaking, this is one of the few times that I agree with political scientist Kasian Tejapira of Thammasat University, despite our political differences, albeit for a different reason.

23 Nov 2020 64
16 Nov 2020

Rent-free home least of PM's woes

'What's did I do wrong?" asked Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha recently in the wake of boisterous calls by opposition parties and anti-establishment protesters for him to step down.

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2 Nov 2020

Protests will not yield all-out winner

Former prime minister Anand Panyarachun has broken his silence on the political conflict, which he described as nothing unusual as this has happened countless times in the past 88 years since Thailand transformed from absolute monarchy to constitutional monarchy.

2 Nov 2020 22
Protests will not yield all-out winner
26 Oct 2020

Revolution is unlikely to succeed

As the anti-government protest drags on, we will witness what looks like a rerun of the months-long protest held about six years ago by the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) led by former Democrat Party secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban to force the resignation of acting prime minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongpaisan and the Pheu Thai-led government.

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19 Oct 2020

Talks vital in this cat and mouse game

The anti-government protest at three main locations in Bangkok on Saturday, namely Lat Phrao intersection, the BTS station near the mouth of Soi Udomsuk or Sukhumvit Soi 103 and Wong Wian Yai was different from earlier protests in at least two aspects.

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Talks vital in this cat and mouse game
12 Oct 2020

Endless din hinders rather than helps

This Wednesday is touted to be another day of mass protest by the "reincarnated" anti-establishment Khana Ratsadorn group, formerly known as the Free Youth Movement, Free People Movement and, lately, the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration.

12 Oct 2020 6
Endless din hinders rather than helps
5 Oct 2020

Pheu Thai won't play second fiddle

This Oct 14 marks the 47th anniversary of the student-led uprising that eventually led to the overthrowing of the Thanom-Praphas-Narong regime notoriously known at the time as the Tyrannical Trio.

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Pheu Thai won't play second fiddle
28 Sep 2020

Protest fails to win over silent majority

The student-led protest at Sanam Luang on Sept 19-20 was anything but a success. There has been no positive response regarding their demands: changes of the constitution, an end to harassment against student activists and reform of the monarchy.

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Protest fails to win over silent majority
21 Sep 2020

Peaceful end to protest a win in itself

Much to the relief of many, the anti-dictatorship protest at Sanam Luang yesterday ended peacefully and quickly. This was thanks to the protesters, who gathered under the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration's (UFTD) banner, the government and especially the police, who have shown extraordinary patience in avoiding hostile confrontations -- even though some of the remarks made on stage by the speakers were provocative.

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Peaceful end to protest a win in itself