THAILAND: A One-Day Revolution Topples a Dictator

For decades the students of Thailand had been among the world's most serene somnambulists. Docile and shorthaired, they eschewed politics and activism in favor of a romantic tradition revering king and country. True, they had shown signs of stirring last December when they called a protest meeting against Japan's heavy involvement in Thailand's economy. To no one's surprise, the meeting fizzled. The reason, Thais joked, was that they had boycotted Japanese goods and could not get to the rallying point because so many of Bangkok's buses are Japanese-made.

No one is joking...

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