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World Thai democracy protesters defy ban for fourth day

15:20  18 october  2020
15:20  18 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Pro- democracy activists in Thailand have staged a fourth straight day of high-profile protests in the capital, thwarting efforts by the Thousands of Thai pro- democracy protesters gathered in Bangkok on Saturday in defiance of a state of emergency preventing people from assembling in groups of more

Thousands of Thai pro- democracy supporters took to the streets across Bangkok in defiance of a ban on large gatherings and efforts by authorities to thwart demonstrations by shutting some train services. Protesters gathered at several locations in the capital on Saturday, the fourth straight day of

Thousands of pro-democracy protestors took over a major Bangkok intersection on Sunday with posters bearing the faces of arrested activists, defying a ban on gatherings and stern warnings from authorities who have escalated a crackdown in recent days.

a group of people on a motorcycle in front of a crowd: Pro-democracy protesters gather at Victory Monument in Bangkok to rally for the fourth consecutive day in defiance of an emergency decree banning gatherings © Jack TAYLOR Pro-democracy protesters gather at Victory Monument in Bangkok to rally for the fourth consecutive day in defiance of an emergency decree banning gatherings

The youth-led movement has suffered several blows this week, with scores arrested after demonstrators surrounded a royal motorcade and flashed a pro-democracy salute to Queen Suthida during a Wednesday protest.

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The government reacted by imposing "serious" emergency measures banning gatherings of more than four and allowing for the arrest of protest leaders, many of whom are calling for the removal of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, a former military chief first brought to power in a 2014 coup.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Pro-democracy protesters learn hand gestures and signs to communicate and warn each other in Bangkok © Mladen ANTONOV Pro-democracy protesters learn hand gestures and signs to communicate and warn each other in Bangkok

Police also deployed water cannon against unarmed demonstrators on Friday in Bangkok's central shopping district in an escalation of tactics that drew outrage across Thai society.

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Pro- democracy protesters in Thailand have ignored a government ban on demonstrations to call for Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to stand down and new limits on Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Thailand on Thursday in a defiance of a crackdown on pro- democracy demonstrations.

Protesters defied the ban and staged one of the biggest demonstrations in Bangkok on Thursday We have to proceed because the situation became violent It is being used for 30 days , or less if "Pheu Thai Party calls on General Prayuth Chan-ocha and the state officials to lift the emergency

But the crackdown has emboldened the movement's mostly young supporters who have turned up in large numbers to daily guerrilla protests around Bangkok.

The locations are announced an hour before to outwit authorities, who shut down much of the city's Skytrain and underground rail services to discourage people from joining in.


Video: Early-bird protesters gather in Bangkok as tensions rise (AFP)

"I cannot let the students fight alone," said 24-year-old Phat, a first-time rallygoer who arrived at Sunday's protest venue at Bangkok's Victory Monument.

"I want true democracy," he told AFP.

Thousands descended on the major traffic thoroughfare from 4:00 pm (0900 GMT) shouting "Free our friends" while carrying posters of arrested activists.

They include human rights lawyer Anon Numpa, Parit "Penguin" Chiwarak, and Panusaya "Rung" Sithijirawattanakul -- three of the most recognisable faces in the leaderless movement who have consistently called for reforms to the monarchy.

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  'I want freedom': Thais mass to defy protest ban 'I want freedom': Thais mass to defy protest banBANGKOK (Reuters) - From shops, offices and schools they spilled onto a Bangkok street in their tens of thousands, voicing shock and anger and above all defiance.

Despite emergency measures by Thai authorities banning the gathering of five or more people, thousands have taken to Protesters are calling for the prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, to resign and for sweeping reforms to the Thousands defy ban to attend pro- democracy protest in Thailand .

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Friday he was not quitting after tens of thousands of anti-government protesters defied a ban on REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/File Photo. The ban on gatherings of more than five people was imposed early on Thursday after nearly three months of

Among their demands is the abolition of a draconian royal defamation law -- which shields King Maha Vajiralongkorn from criticism -- and a call for the monarch to stay out of the country's turbulent politics.

Once-taboo in Thailand, the issue of royal reform demanded by protesters is one of the biggest challenges facing the kingdom's conservative military-aligned government.

The social media-savvy protesters have also harnessed unorthodox ways of spreading their messages, sending alerts through newly formed groups on Telegram -- a secure messaging app -- and taken tips from Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests.

Across town in Asok, a popular shopping and restaurant district, a smaller group of protesters gathered and practiced hand signals to warn each other if authorities were to issue another severe crackdown.

"I think the government used too severe of measures against students on Friday, they were just kids with empty hands," said 65-year-old Suk. "All they had were their mobile phones."

National Police spokesman Yingyos Thepjumnong warned protesters earlier Sunday that no rallies "causing unrest and disorder" would be allowed. 

"If they defy it, police will do whatever is necessary to enforce the law," he said.

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Thai protesters rally ahead of parliamentary debate .
BANGKOK (AP) — Pro-democracy protesters in Thailand gathered again Sunday in Bangkok, seeking to keep up pressure on the government a day ahead of a special session of Parliament called to try to ease political tensions. The rally took place at the busy Rajprasong intersection, in the heart of the capital's shopping district, an area that usually draws large weekend crowds. Few protesters turned out in the first hour of the rally, as a better publicized protest had already been called for Monday. The rallies were called Saturday night after Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha ignored the protesters’ deadline to step down.

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