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Democracy in Southeast Asia
Democracy in southeast asia

A grieving woman fondly touches a banner honoring former Philippines President Corazon (“Cory”) Aquino, who died last August. Aquino is revered for leading the nonviolent People Power movement in 1986 that toppled dictator Ferdinand Marcos and restored democracy. Her son Benigno (“Noynoy”) was elected president on May 10, vowing to end widespread government corruption.

It was a bizarre, unsettling scene and, inevitably, it turned ugly. For months, thousands of red-shirted anti-government protesters demanding new elections had camped amid the shimmering skyscrapers of downtown Bangkok, one of Southeast Asia's most modern urban centers. In recent weeks, however, the protests exploded into some of the worst political violence in Thailand's modern history. The clashes erupted on May 13, after a sniper ...

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