Hundreds of protesters of all ages have been camping near the Democracy Monument located in the center of the city since November. Many come from outside the capital, with some sleeping in nearby temples. Photo: Joanna Chiu

Bangkok residents debate democracy ahead of looming city shutdown

Reporter Joanna Chiu took to the streets to find out what city residents think of the latest political developments

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Hundreds of protesters of all ages have been camping near the Democracy Monument located in the center of the city since November. Many come from outside the capital, with some sleeping in nearby temples. Photo: Joanna Chiu
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Joanna Chiu

Joanna Chiu

Joanna Chiu is a contributor to Goldthread. She's been based out of Beijing and Hong Kong as a foreign correspondent covering social issues, politics and culture in China for AFP and DPA, and has written for outlets like The Economist, Foreign Policy, South China Morning Post, Quartz, and Mashable, among others. She is the chair of NüVoices, an editorial collective celebrating the work of women writers and creators on China subjects.