Offbeat Thailand: the pressure of the pro-democracy movement against the king does not weaken

19:00  25 november  2020
19:00  25 november  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Pro - democracy demonstrators in Thailand took to the streets again, although the government revived the use of a harsh law against defaming the monarchy. The king returned to the country recently. That he spends a lot of his time in Bavaria has become a problem for the German government.

Thai police have reportedly summoned 15 prominent pro - democracy protesters to face charges under the country’s fierce lese-majesty law, ahead of a major protest that will call for the king to hand over control of the royal At a press conference on Wednesday morning, police did not confirm details.

Des militants du mouvement pro-démocratie à Bangkok, le 25 novembre 2020. © REUTERS - SOE ZEYA TUN Activists of the pro-democracy movement in Bangkok, November 25, 2020.

In Thailand, thousands of demonstrators are gathered in front of the headquarters of one of the largest banks in the country to protest against the king's omnipotence.

With our correspondent in Bangkok, Carol Isoux

They met around a skyscraper. The atmosphere is festive, creative. Here, a fake funeral ceremony for the Prime Minister animated by a real monk, there, by-products to the glory of the new symbol of the movement, the yellow plastic duck, both mascot and umbrella against the salutes of the water cannons of the police.

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The growing pro - democracy movement has been calling for the resignation of Prime Minister But protesters have since been marching against the ban, with hundreds taking to the streets of the How did it all start? Thailand has a long history of political unrest and protest, but a new wave began

Pro - democracy protesters seen pushing back Thai police during an anti -government demonstration The King , who spends much of his time overseas, returned to Thailand this week for a host of royal duties While the student-led movement has suffered a setback with the arrest of its core leaders, it

It is no coincidence that they have chosen the headquarters of the Commercial Bank of Siam today, as this protester explains. “We know very well who controls this bank; this is the king. So we wanted to show that the most important demand of our movement is that the monarchy be exercised within the framework of the law and the Constitution. No one is above the law, not even the king. We can no longer accept that people go to jail or disappear without even a trial. "

This movement was also an opportunity to focus on the 40 billion euros of royal fortune that the demonstrators would like to see come under the control of the Ministry of Finance, in particular to support social policies.

Twelve members of the movement were indicted for lese majesty on Tuesday, November 24.

See also Thailand: pro-democracy leaders summoned by the police for lese majesty :

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