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World Thousands protest in Bangkok demanding gov't resignation

16:43  16 august  2020
16:43  16 august  2020 Source:   aljazeera.com

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  Two Thai protest leaders arrested as discontent rises Thai police on Friday detained two activists in the first arrests against an increasingly bold movement of young protesters calling for democracy and challenging a controversial law that protects the monarchy. Some have even dared wade into sensitive territory by calling for reforms of Thailand's controversial lese majeste law, one of the world's harshest.In recent weeks near daily rallies have been held at universities and town halls across the country to denounce the military-aligned government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha.

Protesters gathered at Bangkok 's Democracy Monument for one of the biggest demonstrations since Prayuth took power in a 2014 coup. More than 10,000 protesters have gathered in Thailand's capital Bangkok to demand the resignation of the government , changes to the constitution and an end to

Thousands of protesters staged another anti- government rally in the Thai capital, Bangkok , on Sunday to demand political reforms. Demonstrators want a revised constitution and are also calling for reform of the monarchy - a sensitive subject in Thailand. Under Thai law, anyone criticising the royal

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Protesters gathered at Bangkok's Democracy Monument for one of the biggest demonstrations since Prayuth took power in a 2014 coup. [Reuters] © [Reuters] Protesters gathered at Bangkok's Democracy Monument for one of the biggest demonstrations since Prayuth took power in a 2014 coup. [Reuters]

More than 10,000 protesters have gathered in Thailand's capital Bangkok to demand the resignation of the government, changes to the constitution and an end to the harassment of opposition activists.

Demonstrators said Sunday's protest would show broader support for change in the Southeast Asian country beyond the student groups that have organised almost-daily protests for the past month.

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"We are here from all different groups, all different ages," Kukkik, a 29-year-old postgraduate student who only wanted to give one name, told Reuters news agency, as protesters chanted: "Down with dictatorship, long live democracy."

As well as demanding the departure of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former military government leader who won disputed elections last year, some groups have also called for curbs on the powerful monarchy - once a taboo subject.

"The students came out for a few weeks, and I want to support them," said Thanyarak Suksarard, 50. "I support their call for political change."

Protesters gathered at Bangkok's Democracy Monument for one of the biggest demonstrations since Prayuth took power in a 2014 coup.

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  Student protesters, royalists hold rival rallies in Thailand About 3,000 to 4,000 protesters chanted 'Long live democracy' as speakers call on Prime Minister Prayuth to resign.About 3,000 to 4,000 protesters chanted "Long live democracy" at Thammasat University on Bangkok's outskirts on Monday evening, with fiery speeches calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who first seized power in a 2014 coup.

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Demonstrators said Sunday's protest would show broader support for change in the Southeast Asian country beyond the student groups that have organised almost-daily protests for the past month. [Daylife]

Police said approximately 600 officers had been deployed to keep order.

King loyalists hold rally

Several dozen royalists also held a demonstration, waving national flags and holding up gold-framed portraits of King Maha Vajiralongkorn and other members of the royal family.

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"I don't care if they protest against the government, but they cannot touch the monarchy," said Sumet Trakulwoonnoo, a leader of the royalist group, Coordination Center of Vocational Students for the Protection of National Institutions (CVPI).

"We are here to observe the other protest, whether they offend the monarchy or not, and will take legal action if they do," he said, while stressing that the group was there peacefully.

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Thai anti- government protesters gather front of the Democracy Monument in Bangkok , calling for a new constitution, new elections and an end to repressive Thailand is facing an economic shock due to the coronavirus pandemic, and anger is boiling against the government and royalist establishment.

Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay, reporting from Bangkok, said the anti-government protesters did not appear to be backing down from their demands for reform.

"Previous protests have been mainly led by students. However, here today we see a for more diverse crowd, with many older people also taking part," he said.

"Reform of monarchy is a very sensitive topic in Thailand because of the protective laws surrounding the royal family. The government is so far just monitoring the protest movement to see where it is going. There is a large police presence at the Democracy Monument, but there is no sign that police will intervene in peaceful protests."

Anti-government anger has been fuelled by the arrest of three of the student leaders over accusations of breaching restrictions in organising earlier protests.

The student leaders have been released on bail pending further investigation, but police say arrest warrants have been issued for a further 12 protest leaders.

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