Bangkok Post editorial column
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Although the October 6, 1976 massacre marked a bloody end to the hope of student activists in the aftermath of the popular uprising three years earlier, the spark ignited by the 1973 generation has flickered back to life this year as protests led by a new student movement have flared up across the nation.
Three years on from when the Rohingya, a Muslim minority population in Buddhist-dominated Myanmar, were forced to flee and seek refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh and Thailand, their plight remains delicate as ever, especially amid a pandemic that has only added complexities to an already multi-faceted problem.
The embattled Prayut Chan-o-cha government seems set to ignore calls by several sectors of society to compromise and hold out the olive branch of a seat at the negotiating table for the young protest leaders. Instead, it looks increasingly prepared to up the ante by censoring the news reports of media outlets sympathetic to the cause of the pro-democracy movement.