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US News Thailand: Faced with the dispute, the Prime Minister backs down and lifts the state of emergency

17:15  22 october  2020
17:15  22 october  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Prayut Chan-ocha, le Premier ministre thaïlandais lors d'une allocution télévisée, le 21 octobre 2020. © REUTERS Prayut Chan-ocha, the Thai Prime Minister during a televised address, October 21, 2020.

While Protests calling for the government to quit take place every day in Thailand, Prayut Chan-ocha stepped up to the students. But they consider it a false concession.

With our correspondent in Bangkok, Carol Isoux

In front of the firmness of the demonstrators , who continue to gather every day by the tens of thousands, the Thai Prime Minister wanted to hold a speech of appeasement, where he calls on the population to calm and says he wants to discuss student demands as part of the parliamentary debate.

Above all, it puts an end to the state of emergency decreed in the capital which prohibited gatherings of more than four people and thus allowed the police to arrest any demonstrator.

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 Xenia Seeberg: Her son should continue to receive therapy in Thailand. Xenia Seeberg currently lives with her 15-year-old son Philias on Mallorca. Now the family wants to emigrate to Thailand. Reason: Philias suffers from a growth disorder. © Picture Alliance Xenia Seeberg Xenia Seeberg , 53, and her son Philias, 15, would like to give up their current residence on Mallorca to go to Thailand. The actress is not interested in the beach, sunshine or relaxation. The background is serious: Philias suffers from a growth disorder that is to be treated in Thailand.

But for Rangsiman Rome, member of a former political party representing youth in Parliament, the state of emergency having never been respected, it is in reality a false concession to which the Prime Minister agrees: "The Prime Minister Minister has not made any compromise, he refuses to resign, whereas that is what the people are asking for. He calls on the population to trust parliamentary mechanisms, it is very ironic since he himself came to power through a coup d'état. It is good that he himself does not believe in parliamentary debate.

Prayuth Chan-ocha reiterated that he would not resign. As for the other demands of the movement, namely a reform of the monarchy and a new Constitution, there is little chance of achieving them through parliamentary channels, acquired by the former soldiers.

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