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World Thai Cabinet Approves Parliament Session to Discuss Protests

11:15  20 october  2020
11:15  20 october  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

Thai protest brought forward over disruption fears

  Thai protest brought forward over disruption fears Thai protest brought forward over disruption fearsBANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai anti-government protesters hurriedly brought forward a demonstration in Bangkok on Wednesday, saying they feared confrontation with royalist groups planning to assemble nearby in support of the king.

Thai authorities threatened to censor media outlets in a bid to quell growing protests against the monarchy, which The move comes as lawmakers agreed to submit a letter notifying the Cabinet of its decision to convene a parliament session to discuss ways to end an escalating protest movement

The Parliament President said that, personally, he wants the special session to be convened, but that he is powerless to do He disclosed that the Pheu Thai Party will propose the convening of a special parliamentary session and peace talks between the Government and the protesters , in order to find

(Bloomberg) -- Thailand’s cabinet backed a proposal from lawmakers to convene a special session of the parliament to discuss anti-government protests that have swept the nation’s capital and other major cities in the past week.

The house will meet for two days from Oct. 26, Anucha Nakasai, minister for Prime Minister’s Office, told reporters after a cabinet meeting in Bangkok Tuesday. The proposal needs to be endorsed by King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

Thai lawmakers on Monday sought an early parliament meeting to discuss ways to end the protest movement calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha’s government, a rewriting of the constitution and reform of the monarchy. Thousands of protesters rallied in Bangkok for a sixth straight day on Monday, defying a ban on gatherings and the threat of crackdowns by the police.

Thailand moves to quell protests with bans on gatherings and news

  Thailand moves to quell protests with bans on gatherings and news Thailand moves to quell protests with bans on gatherings and newsBANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's government banned gatherings of five or more people and the publication of news or online messages that could harm national security early on Thursday under an emergency decree to end Bangkok street protests.

Pro -democracy protesters show the three-finger salute during an anti-government protest , in Bangkok, Thailand [Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters]. Thousands of Thais again took to the streets defying a ban on demonstrations for a fifth day as the embattled prime minister recalled parliament to

The ongoing 2020 Thai protests are a series of protests against the government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, which have included demands for reform of the Thai monarchy

The protests have weighed on the country’s stocks and currency as concerns mount a prolonged standoff may erode company earnings and delay an economic recovery. The benchmark stock index, the worst performer in Asia this year, was headed for a fifth straight day of losses, while the baht fell 0.2% to 31.259 to a dollar, extending losses this year to 4.2%.

chart: Thai stocks slide to become Asia's worst market this year on protests © Bloomberg Thai stocks slide to become Asia's worst market this year on protests

On Tuesday, Prayuth ordered police to reconsider censorship of media outlets, a day after police said they would probe four news outlets that may have violated the emergency rules imposed in Bangkok last week.

“Our job is to protect the country and eliminate ill-intentioned actions aimed at creating chaos and conflict in the country,” Prayuth told reporters after the cabinet meeting.

The protesters have vowed to carry on the demonstrations until all their demands are met. The organizers said there would be a “surprise” for the government if authorities failed to release all detained protesters and lift the emergency rules by 6 p.m. local time.

(Updates with comments from prime minister in fifth paragraph.)

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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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