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World Thailand protests: Government vows to protect the monarchy after weekend of unrest

13:07  19 october  2020
13:07  19 october  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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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 .

Thailand's government has vowed to protect the monarchy after tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters rallied in Bangkok and other cities over the weekend, as calls for a new constitution and curbing the King's powers continue to grow.

BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2020/10/18: A pro-democracy protester seen giving instruction to the crowd during an anti-government demonstration in the Thai capital. Thousands of pro-democracy protesters took the streets at Victory Monument demanding the resignation of Thailand Prime Minister and the reform of the monarchy for the fourth day after a severe state of emergency declared by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. (Photo by Geem Drake/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) © Geem Drake/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images BANGKOK, THAILAND - 2020/10/18: A pro-democracy protester seen giving instruction to the crowd during an anti-government demonstration in the Thai capital. Thousands of pro-democracy protesters took the streets at Victory Monument demanding the resignation of Thailand Prime Minister and the reform of the monarchy for the fourth day after a severe state of emergency declared by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. (Photo by Geem Drake/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) a person in a green hat: Protesters attend a rally on October 18, 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand. © Stringer/Getty Images Protesters attend a rally on October 18, 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Demonstrators again defied an emergency decree banning public gatherings of more than five people and hit the streets en masse for a fifth straight day on Sunday, with about 10,000 people surrounding Bangkok's Victory Monument in the heart of the capital and blocking traffic around one of the city's main business centers.

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Anti- government protesters have installed a plaque declaring Thailand "belongs to the people", in a bold show of opposition to the monarchy . Thailand has a long history of political unrest and protest , but a new wave began in February after a court ordered a fledgling pro -democracy

(CNN) Anti- government protesters in Thailand declared "victory" on Sunday, after handing a list of demands for monarchy reform to Bangkok Pro -democracy protesters salute with a three-finger symbol during a protest in Bangkok, Thailand , on September 19. Panasaya listed to the crowd the

Speaking to reporters at Government House on Monday, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said he supports the idea of parliament holding an emergency session to find a way out of the current political crisis, but said the government must "protect the monarchy."

"The government has been doing its best to compromise. All I asked is to avoid destroying governmental and public properties. As we saw yesterday there was an incident, there's a scuffle among protesters. I would urge them to be extra careful." Prayut said, adding that an urgent parliamentary meeting could be discussed among cabinet members on Tuesday.

"The thing the government must do is to protect the monarchy. This is the duty for all Thai citizens to perform," Prayut continued. "I would call for peaceful protests, the government has reasonably given in. We are avoiding using force as much as we can."

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The protesters said they intended to stay outside the Grand Palace overnight and head out to Government House on Sunday morning. King Maha Vajiralongkorn himself was not in Thailand during the protests , as he has mostly stayed in Europe after ascending to the throne in 2016.

Pro -democracy protesters in Thailand have confronted a motorcade carrying members of the royal media captionThe BBC's Jonathan Head says the Thai government has its back against the wall. Supporters of the monarchy , dressed in t-shirts in royal yellow colour, staged rival protests in the

Thailand's anti-government movement is growing bolder and several anti-monarchy hashtags trending on social media in recent days are now being chanted on Bangkok streets. But protesters are risking lengthy prison sentences by breaking long-standing taboos against criticizing the monarchy.

Already, prominent protest leaders have been arrested on charges such as sedition, which could lead to seven years behind bars. On Friday, two activists were arrested on charges of attempting violence against the Queen, after her motorcade was obstructed by anti-government crowds. The pair face a possible life sentence.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Pro-democracy protesters hold up the flashlights on their smartphones during an anti-government rally at Victory Monument in Bangkok on October 18. © JACK TAYLOR/AFP/Getty Images Pro-democracy protesters hold up the flashlights on their smartphones during an anti-government rally at Victory Monument in Bangkok on October 18.

But the threat of prison, the arrest of protest leaders and an emergency decree has not deterred the protest movement, which demands monarchical reform and to make the King answerable to the constitution.

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Protesters adopt Hong Kong-style tactics, vow to defy police. Lack of economic prospects drive youth to support protests . Discussing the monarchy openly has long been taboo in Thailand , where insulting senior members of the royal family is punishable by as many as 15 years in prison.

Protesters are also demanding reforms to Thailand 's powerful monarchy . On Thursday, the government had attempted to curtail the student-led protest movement by Thailand has a long history of political unrest and protest but a new wave began in February after a popular opposition

The movement began in earnest after former general and coup leader Prayut returned to power following disputed elections in 2019. Another central demand of the protesters is for the military-drafted constitution to be rewritten as they say it allows the military to hold onto political power.

True democracy cannot happen in Thailand, they say, until the top-down ruling establishment made up of the monarchy, military and wealthy political elites is reformed.

Media warned

Police have ordered Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission to investigate four local media outlets for their protest coverage, according to a police notice issued on Friday and confirmed on Monday.

The notice said the local media -- including Voice TV, Prachatai, The Reporters and The Standard -- posted content that may have undermined national security, peace, and public morale under new emergency measures. If their coverage is found to have violated the laws, the outlets could face a suspension of operations and their digital content deleted.

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  Thailand's Prime Minister says he'll lift state of emergency but protesters need to 'reciprocate with sincerity' Thailand's Prime Minister announced he is prepared to lift emergency measures imposed on Bangkok following more than a week of daily anti-government protests in the nation's capital and other cities.In a pre-recorded speech that was televised on Wednesday, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said he is taking the first steps to "de-escalate" political tensions that have seen tens of thousands of protesters take to the streets in recent months, calling for a new constitution, monarchy reform and Prayut's resignation.

This week saw the first protests of this movement take place while King Maha Vajiralongkorn was in the country But what has been said about the monarchy cannot be unsaid. Thailand has a long history of political unrest and protest but a new wave began in February after a popular opposition

Thais are taught from birth that the monarchy is the keystone that holds the country together, the institution that embodies the national character. These protests are happening during an almost perfect storm of bad news for the Thai government . Despite managing an impressive containment of

a crowd of people watching a colorful umbrella: Protesters wearing face masks gather with their umbrellas during a demonstration in Nonthaburi province. © Chaiwat Subprasom/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images Protesters wearing face masks gather with their umbrellas during a demonstration in Nonthaburi province.

Police Deputy spokesman Kritsana Pattanacharoen also announced the formation of a media information management committee tasked with investigating all media and electronic information that "affect internal security."

In a tweet on Monday, the state-owned Thai Public Broadcasting Service said the order will not be effective until it is published in the Royal Gazette.

The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand issued a statement saying the new decree "vaguely defined" the criteria for news coverage, and expressed concerns that journalists could be arrested for simply doing their job. "The FCCT urges the authorities to respect the role and responsibilities of all media in Thailand," it added.

Thailand has one of the world's strictest lese majeste laws, forbidding criticism of the King, Queen, heir-apparent or regent. The law carries a maximum 15-year prison sentence.

Broad support

Crowds over the weekend were galvanized by clashes between police and protesters in Bangkok on Friday. Riot police advanced on protesters at Pathumwan intersection and fired water cannons with blue indelible dye to disperse them.

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  Here’s What May Happen Next in Thailand’s Historic Protests With Thailand’s parliament set to convene on Monday to find a way out of a political crisis fueled by street protests, one thing is becoming clear: There is no easy solution for the military-backed government. Protesters calling for democratic reforms and changes to the monarchy were undeterred by an emergency decree prohibiting large gatherings, prompting Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha to lift it and call for calm. That was met with fresh calls for his resignation and even more protests.

Friday's action could have opened a new chapter for Thailand's student-led protest movement, which has been gaining steam since July. On Saturday and Sunday, protesters came out in even greater numbers -- authorities failed to prevent crowds from gathering by shutting down the city's elevated train system and parts of the subway.

Wearing multi-colored rain ponchos, hard hats and carrying umbrellas, the largely peaceful demonstrators used cat and mouse tactics inspired by the 2019 Hong Kong protests to avoid authorities. The leaderless protests were organized on the messaging platform Telegram, with locations announced on social media. The Free Youth Movement group told their supporters to wait for the plan by posting: "Where will it be today, stay tuned!"

Other tactics seen during the six-month long anti-government protests in Hong Kong and adopted by Thailand's students this weekend include forming a human chain as a defense line and using hand signals to call for supplies like umbrellas, helmets, and water.

Throughout downpours, protesters called for Prime Minster Prayut to step down and for authorities to release detained protesters, chanting "release our friends." Thai police put the crowd size at about 20,000 and confirmed that 74 people were arrested at demonstrations across three locations on Sunday.

Prayut, who has denied he engineered last year's general election, said he will not resign. On Sunday, he warned that growing numbers of anti-government protests across the nation may be used by instigators to incite violence, according to a news release from government spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri. Prayut also said the government is "ready to listen."

The palace has not commented on the protests but in a speech on Thursday, King Maha Vajiralongkorn said, "the country needs the people who love the country and love the royal institution." Royal News Thai PBS reported the King made the remark following an event with former members of the now-defunct Thai Communist Party.

Started by students, the protest movement is attracting support from a wider cross-section of society and Thai celebrities are increasingly showing their support by posting messages to their millions of followers.

Thai-American K-Pop star Nichkhun and member of South Korean boy band 2PM tweeted: "Violence is something that I cannot stand. Violence has never helped. Please make sure everyone is safe." It has been retweeted more than 53,000 times since posting on Saturday.

Amanda Obdam, Miss Universe Thailand, posted a series of photos to her Instagram that appear to be from the protests. "A picture says a thousand words," she wrote in a caption accompanying the photos. "Enough is enough! Violence is NEVER the answer. Your job is to protect the people not harm them."

Protests broke out in at least 19 other provinces on Sunday, including in the northern city of Chiang Mai.

Thai Protesters Plan to Pressure Germany on King’s Legal Status .
Thai protesters plan to march to the German Embassy on Monday to submit a letter questioning King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s legal status in the European country, stepping up pressure as they push for changes to the monarchy. © Photographer: Mladen Antonov/AFP via Getty Images Thai Parliament Set to Meet as Protests Continue.

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