On May 22, 2014, The Royal Thai Armed Forces seized power in Thailand in a coup d’état. Since then, democracy activists have been dragged before military courts and censored by media gag-order. Meet the students who risk up to seven years in prison for holding a protest rally against the ruling military junta.
Over the last 10 years, the Thai military has overthrown two democratically-elected governments, imposing a state-of-emergency and martial law in Thailand. The constitution has been repealed, and one of the bloodiest conflicts in Asia continues to rage in the country’s southern regions. Still, Thailand has bought weapons—for millions of dollars—from Sweden, a country that has claimed arms neutrality since 1812 and with strict regulations on weapon exports to unstable nations. How did this happen?
A few miles from Thailand’s sundrenched vacation destination beaches, one of Asia’s bloodiest conflicts is raging. Muslim separatists fight for independence and against an oppressive military dictatorship.