lørdag 29. januar 2022

‘Our culture has changed’: young Thais boycott graduation ceremonies

When 24-year-old Krai Saidee returned to his alma mater Chiang Mai University on 14 January, nearly two years after his graduation, he came not just to support his friends but to make a political statement. Painted gold, he held up a sign attached to a graduation gown: “You took my dream, and gave me this,” the message read. Krai is part of a growing number of young Thais who are refusing to attend their graduation ceremonies because they are presided over by members of the royal family.

“The protests taught me a lot about the monarchy and how much money goes to the monarchy,” said Krai, referring to demonstrations that erupted in 2020 calling for reforms to the powerful monarchy.