With the violence in Thailand on pause for the country’s largest national holiday – King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birthday – a UBC expert is available for commentary on the political crisis and holiday celebrations by the global Thai community on Thursday Dec. 5.
- Thai politics and culture
- Current crisis and recent coups
- Will attend B.C.’s largest public celebration of the Thai national holiday in downtown Vancouver on Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
- Reports and blogs for Southeast Asian publications
“The anti-government protests in Thailand are part of a broader struggle between supporters and opponents of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted from power via a military coup in 2006,” says Sinpeng. “Deep societal divisions remain marked by differences in class, political power and inequality.”
“If violence resumes, people traveling to Thailand could face possible flight delays or cancellations at the country’s main airport in Bangkok,” Sinpeng adds. “The rest of the country is currently relatively calm and unaffected by the ongoing conflicts.”