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The article attempts to revisit the crackdowns in Thailand from a Lacanian perspective. The collective traumas of the Yellow-Shirts and the Red-Shirts are suggested as the Real, a psychoanalytic term conceptualized in Lacanian psychoanalysis. By examining the history of Thai politics during the pinnacle of the crackdown years, notably 2008 and 2010, the article attempts to introduce Lacan's theory to be integrative of the history of politics in Thailand. The expectation is to demonstrate how Lacan's concepts such as the signifier, the Real, the fantasy, and the object of desire are instrumental for the rethinking of the crackdowns in Thailand in a plausible innovative and critical fashion.

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