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Oppositional Forces in Thailand
|Title:||Oppositional Forces in Thailand|
|Publisher:||Journal of Asian Affairs|
|Abstract:||There are many and varied oppositional forces in Thailand that range from the outlawed Communist Party of Thailand (CPT), which seeks to overthrow the Thai government, to the Thai Parliament which is usually legitimized as part of the government for brief periods between military coups. This paper focuses on the CPT, Parliament, and Thai labor movement by presenting in historical perspective the origins, nature, and influence of each as an oppositional force in Thai politics. Special attention is given to the role of these oppositional forces during and after the dramatic shifts in Thai politics precipitated by the student revolution of 1973, the military coup of 1976, the increased hostilities between China and Vietnam in 1979, and the abortive coup by the Thai "young turk" military faction in 1981.|
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