Thailand’s New Media Protest Leader – CBC The World this Weekend

BANGKOK, Thailand – Bow Nutta Mahattana wears a cartoon t-shirt mocking Thai Prime Minister, and junta leader, Prayuth Chan-ocha with a nose like Pinocchio.

The 39-year-old mother and teacher is facing a lengthy prison sentence for staging anti-junta protests – and harnessing the power of Facebook Live – to demand elections in Thailand.

“The message is because he has told lies so many times he’s become General ‘Yuth-nocchio,’” Mahattana said with a smile.

The former military general-turned-prime minister recently postponed the election for the fourth time since his ruling junta, the National Council for Peace and Order, came to power in 2014 coup. This story aired on CBC The World this Weekend Saturday, May 12, 2018.

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