Andre Malerba

Photographer
   
Thailand's Youth Fights Back
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Nationality: American
Biography: Andre is a fully accredited photographer based in Bangkok, Thailand, since 2016. From 2013-2016 he lived and worked in Myanmar exclusively, as the country struggled through the early days of democracy, and was awarded Magnum Photos 30 Under 30... MORE
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Thailand's Youth Fights Back
Copyright Andre Malerba 2022
Updated Jan 2022
Topics Breaking News, Conflict, Confrontation, Dictatorship, Documentary, Editorial, Essays, Human Rights, International Stories, Journalism, Oppression, Photojournalism, Politics, Revolution
"We have nothing left to lose," was a sentiment often echoed by Thailand's youthful protest groups throughout 2021. Many felt abandoned and oppressed by their government, magnified by the lack of an economic recovery plan during the Covid-19 pandemic. Others lost their parents to Covid and were homeless. Together they wanted Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha to resign, and for multiple months, faced daily clashes with police using tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets. They learned to make homemade explosives in retaliation, and the violence eventually lead to the death of one boy, though the exact circumstance was kept from the public. Older generations of protest leaders advocated cooperating with police, arguing that they were not the real enemy, but feelings of betrayal and mistrust were too strong. Young protestors saw the police only as an arm of the government that was trying to stifle their voices.
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