The United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) engaged in violent protests over the past few days in an effort to end the military coup government which has ruled Thailand over the past half year. The military government was installed by the King of Thailand after former premier Thaskin won an election. Thailand is slowly moving its way back to more democratic means although the military continues enjoying extensive power within the nation.
The question continually arises in so many societies controlled by the military — how does one protest against oppression? Are mass demonstrations a tool? Should one wait patiently until the military decides to allow some semblance of a free election? The people of Myanmar have been waiting for forty years for its military dictatorship to end with no evidence they will surrender power.