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World Thai protesters ask court to revoke order, continue rallies

13:10  21 october  2020
13:10  21 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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BANGKOK (AP) — Student activists applied to a Bangkok court Wednesday to revoke a state of emergency the government declared last week to try to rein in Thailand's growing protests.

University students read a statement about a motion they lodged with the court outside Bangkok Civil Court in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, The student activists want the court to revoke the government's state of emergency, which was declared last week to try to rein in growing protests. The court did not immediately rule on the motion. (AP Photo/Jerry Harmer) © Provided by Associated Press University students read a statement about a motion they lodged with the court outside Bangkok Civil Court in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, The student activists want the court to revoke the government's state of emergency, which was declared last week to try to rein in growing protests. The court did not immediately rule on the motion. (AP Photo/Jerry Harmer)

Demonstrations have continued daily in a movement that calls for Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to step down, for a more democratic constitution and for reforms to the monarchy — a revered institution traditionally treated as sacrosanct in Thailand.

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After a court early this year ordered an opposition party to disband, student-led rallies for more democracy gained momentum. Thai people attend an anti-government protest at Thammasat University in Bangkok on Aug. Days later the king revoked the royal decorations Thaksin still held.

Embassies in Thailand . Home Latest News Thailand News Court asked to revoke arrest The petitions were made following the Civil Court ’s verdict on Wednesday, prohibiting the government from taking legal action or arresting protesters who have peacefully organised rallies in Bangkok.

Protesters were gathering Wednesday for an eighth straight day, even though many of their top leaders have been detained and the state of emergency bans public gatherings of more than four people.

Even the forcible dispersion of a rally by riot police backed by water cannons in Bangkok last Friday failed to faze protesters, who appeared in equal or greater numbers on subsequent days.

Since Friday, police have not confronted the protesters directly, instead trying to disrupt their gatherings by selective shutdowns of mass transit and seeking to block their online organizing activities.

The six university students who went to a civil court in the capital on Wednesday are suing Prayuth, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan and national police chief Suwat Chaengyodsuk. They want the court to temporarily revoke the emergency decree until a full legal ruling can be issued on its legality.

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The students, who read their petition to the media in Thai, English and German, said the decree restricted the legal right of assembly and “excessively, unfairly and shamelessly violated the rights and freedoms of people” with no respect to the constitution.

The court did not act on their petition but may rule Thursday on a similar appeal that was filed Tuesday by the opposition Pheu Thai party.

Separately Wednesday, two protest leaders sought to be released on bail at a Bangkok criminal court.

The two — Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak and Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul — were initially taken into custody during an attempted overnight rally outside the prime minister’s office on the night of Oct. 14. They were released Tuesday but immediately rearrested on other charges.

As he was being driven into the court compound in a prison van, Parit opened a window, flashed a three-fingered salute — the protesters’ symbol of defiance — and shouted, “The court must side with the people!”

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A Thai court ordered the government on Wednesday not to use force against protesters who are seeking to oust the prime minister. The court also prohibited the government from using any force. The court , however, rejected a protester ’s request that it revoke the state of emergency, saying it

Thai police used water cannons against protesters Friday night in central Bangkok, as the pro-democracy activists defied an emergency decree banning gatherings for Police use water cannons to disperse pro-democracy protesters during an anti-government rally in Bangkok on October 16, 2020.

Another activist was arrested Wednesday morning in connection with last week's protests. Suranart Panprasert is accused of involvement with acts of harm against the queen when her motorcade passed a small crowd of demonstrators. Depending upon exactly what he is charged with by a court, he could face a life sentence if convicted.

University students read a statement about a motion they lodged with the court outside Bangkok Civil Court in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, The student activists want the court to revoke the government's state of emergency, which was declared last week to try to rein in growing protests. The court did not immediately rule on the motion. (AP Photo/Jerry Harmer) © Provided by Associated Press University students read a statement about a motion they lodged with the court outside Bangkok Civil Court in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, The student activists want the court to revoke the government's state of emergency, which was declared last week to try to rein in growing protests. The court did not immediately rule on the motion. (AP Photo/Jerry Harmer)

According to witnesses and video footage, no violence occurred as the motorcade passed, but a small group of people made the three-finger protest gesture and shouted slogans at the car carrying Queen Suthida, the wife of King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

The calls for reform of the monarchy have galled conservative Thais. Royalists have stepped up their presence online and held a small rally Wednesday.

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Tens of thousands of Thai protesters have occupied central Bangkok in their latest push to topple the government. On Friday business leaders, academics, and people from the tourism industry turned out wearing pink shirts to call for an end to the crisis and show their continuing support for the government.

Protesters rallied in their stronghold at the compound of the prime minister's office, which they have occupied since August 26. "I ask our brothers and sisters to be strong and turn your sorrow into anger so we can have our revenge!" The protesters from the People's Alliance for Democracy say

Thailand's Parliament is reconvening for a special session next week to deal with the political pressures of the protests. The government has also sought to censor reporting of the demonstrations, citing “distorted information” that could cause unrest and confusion, but the outlets were continuing to broadcast Wednesday.

Pro-democracy activists flash three-fingered salutes while listening to the national anthem outside Siam Paragon, one of the largest shopping malls, in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Thailand's Cabinet on Tuesday approved a request to recall Parliament for a special session to deal with the political pressures from ongoing anti-government protests. The Cabinet at its weekly meeting approved the request, which calls for a non-voting session on Oct. 26-27. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) © Provided by Associated Press Pro-democracy activists flash three-fingered salutes while listening to the national anthem outside Siam Paragon, one of the largest shopping malls, in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Thailand's Cabinet on Tuesday approved a request to recall Parliament for a special session to deal with the political pressures from ongoing anti-government protests. The Cabinet at its weekly meeting approved the request, which calls for a non-voting session on Oct. 26-27. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

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