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Offbeat Thailand. The opposition calls for the resignation of Prime Minister

17:00  26 october  2020
17:00  26 october  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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As thousands of protesters marched towards the German embassy on Monday, October 26, the opposition demanded the resignation of Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-Cha. A first since the beginning of the protest movement.

The opposition called on Monday October 26 for the resignation of the prime minister, as thousands of protesters marched towards the German embassy , in a new gesture of defiance to the king who frequently stays in the country. This is a first since the start of the protest movement in Thailand .

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I call on General Prayut Chan-o-Cha to step down as head of government. This solution will solve all the problems and prevent further destruction of the country, Prasert Jantararuangthong, secretary general of Pheu Thai, the largest opposition party, told parliamentarians.

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Parliament meets on Monday and Tuesday for an extraordinary session devoted to the crisis generated by the demonstrations for democracy.

The government had asked the deputies and the senators to look during these two days on certain illegal gatherings, according to him, because they would have undermined the monarchy.

But the debate has shifted to another area and several calls for resignations have come from different opposition parties.

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Protest in the street

The protest, in the streets for more than three months, demands the departure of Prayut Chan-O-Cha, in power since the coup d'état of 2014 and legitimized by controversial elections last year .

She also calls for a revision of the Constitution and a reform of the powerful and extremely wealthy monarchy, a taboo question not long ago.

I am aware of these demands […] and several subjects are being worked on, Prayut Chan-O-Cha pointed out to parliamentarians, without providing details or a timetable.

An unprecedented challenge to the monarchy

The session of parliament relates only to the fact that inappropriate behavior against the monarchy took place on the sidelines of several rallies, insisted the head of government who has repeatedly assured that he would not resign.

On October 14, dozens of demonstrators raised three fingers, a sign of rallying protesters, in front of the car of Queen Suthida and Crown Prince Dipangkorn, a gesture of unprecedented defiance. Three activists are being prosecuted for violence against the Queen and face life imprisonment following the incident.

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Several thousand people calling for democracy marched late Monday afternoon towards the German embassy, ​​the last gesture of defiance to King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who frequently stays in the country.

They will file a petition asking Berlin to investigate whether the monarch has been involved in the kingdom's affairs from Germany, which is illegal, protesters say.

We are closely following the events in Thailand, reacted the German Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, during a press briefing, saying that he is carefully examining the acts carried out by the sovereign from Germany. If there are things that we believe are illegal, there will be immediate consequences, he warned, without further clarification.

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"We see the people need change in Thailand," a TV anchor said. "We've been under a dictatorship for the past seven years.""The prime minister must resign," said opposition leader Sompong Amornwiwat, echoing demands of tens of thousands of protestors who had set a deadline of last Saturday for the premier to step down. Prayuth refused.

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