Thailand is besieged by the biggest anti-government protests in years with a youth-driven movement declaring every participant as a leader. The mass gatherings are set to continue after demonstrators rejected Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha’s overtures for a truce by revoking a state of emergency in Bangkok and convening a special parliament session to discuss the protests. […] At the center of the growing political tension is the pro-democracy movement — comprising mostly of millennial professionals and university students — as well as the establishment headed by Prayuth and the monarchy. […] The former general says the government’s key task is to “look after the needs of everyone in this country.” […] He lost to Prayuth in the vote to elect the prime minister last year, and his political party was disbanded by a court order for breaking financing rules.
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