Thai youngsters want a less powerful king and a better future

Thai often demonstrate against the government, but rarely against the royal family. Criticism of King Maha Vajiralongkorn or his immediate family can be punished with imprisonment for up to 15 years.
However, since the beginning of July, people have been out on the streets almost daily. Protests are planned this weekend: organisers expect more than 50,000 people on Saturday. That would be the biggest protest so far.
It is particularly young people – especially women and people from the IHBTI-community – who dare openly question the power of the monarchy.
Radical changes
Students at the socially critical Thammasat University in Bangkok are the driving force behind the demonstrations. They initially demanded three things: the resignation of the government, the rewriting of the constitution and an end to the persecution of dissidents.
But soon some of the activists went a step further. According to them, the real problem in Thailand is the power …