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World Protesters return to Bangkok streets to pressure PM

13:15  25 october  2020
13:15  25 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

'I want freedom': Thais mass to defy protest ban

  '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.

Prominent leaders of Thailand's pro-democracy movement vowed to return to the streets Sunday to As the deadline for Prayut to resign by 10 pm Saturday came and went, activist Jatupat "Pai" Boonpattararaksa said protesters would turn out in force Sunday at a major Bangkok intersection.

Anti-government protesters in Thailand said on Saturday they would hold demonstrations on Sunday and Monday after Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha ignored their 10 p . m . (0300 GMT) deadline to resign. After the deadline expired, one group of protesters said they would protest on Sunday.

By Panu Wongcha-um and Chayut Setboonsarng

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Anti-government protest in Bangkok © Reuters/ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA Anti-government protest in Bangkok

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thousands of people protested in the centre of Thailand's capital Bangkok on Sunday in the first demonstration since Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha ignored their Saturday night deadline to resign.

Jujubee et al. posing for the camera: Anti-government protest in Bangkok © Reuters/ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA Anti-government protest in Bangkok

It was also the first major show of force since Prayuth lifted Oct. 15 emergency measures that had been meant to stop three months of protests against the government and monarchy, but which brought tens of thousands of people onto the streets.

Thai protesters vow new demonstration despite crackdown

  Thai protesters vow new demonstration despite crackdown Thai protesters vow new demonstration despite crackdownBANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai protesters said they would hold another demonstration on Saturday despite a crackdown by police on more than three months of protests that have targeted the powerful monarchy as well as the government.

Pro-democracy protester Jatupat “Pai” Boonpattararaksa gives a speech after being released from Bangkok Remand Prison in Bangkok 2/2. BANGKOK (Reuters) - Anti-government protesters in Thailand said on Saturday they would hold demonstrations on Sunday and Monday after Prime

Thousands of protesters staged another anti-government rally in the Thai capital, Bangkok , on Sunday to demand political reforms. But organisers said they hoped Sunday's rally would show broader support for change beyond the student groups. Bangkok police said on Sunday evening that about 10

a group of people holding a sign: Anti-government protest in Bangkok © Reuters/SOE ZEYA TUN Anti-government protest in Bangkok

"If he doesn't resign, then we must come out to ask him to quit in a peaceful way," protest leader Jatupat "Pai" Boonpattararaksa said as people chanted "Prayuth Out".

The prime minister's office posted a note on Twitter to say he was not quitting. He has said the crisis should be discussed in parliament, which is due to hold a special session on Monday and Tuesday.

But his opponents have little faith in an assembly dominated by his supporters.

There was no sign of a major police presence around protesters at the Ratchaprasong Intersection, an emotive location for protesters as the scene of bloodshed in 2010 in a crackdown by security forces on anti-establishment protests.

Thai Protesters Plan Rally While Evading Authorities

  Thai Protesters Plan Rally While Evading Authorities Anti-government protesters in Thailand planned to gather again in Bangkok on Sunday despite a ban on large groups and police crackdowns on demonstrations in recent days. © Photographer: Getty Images/Getty Images AsiaPac BANGKOK, THAILAND - OCTOBER 17: Protesters attend a rally on October 17, 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand. This rally marks the latest in a string of anti-government protests that began in late July where students and anti-government protesters call for governmental reform.

Protesters demand the removal of PM Prayuth Chan-ocha who first took power in a 2014 coup.

BANGKOK — They gathered at a monument celebrating Thai democracy. They raised their hands in defiance below a giant image of the king dressed in coronation regalia. At least 10,000 protesters , many first-time participants in political rallies, gathered in Bangkok on Sunday, demanding change in

Anti-government protest in Bangkok © Reuters/ATHIT PERAWONGMETHA Anti-government protest in Bangkok

A government spokesman said there would be no use of force and called on people to remain peaceful and respect the law.

In the relaxed atmosphere, a group of drag queens gathered to put on a show.

Protests since mid-July have put the greatest pressure in years on the establishment, particularly with taboo-breaking calls to limit the powers of King Maha Vajiralongkorn's monarchy.

On Monday, protesters are planning to march to the German Embassy in a message to the king, who is currently in Thailand, but spends much of his time in Germany.

"Going to the German Embassy reflects the evident problem of the king's exercise of power is making many people uncomfortable and raises questions whether it violates the German law," said activist Piyarat "Toto" Chongthep.

Protesters seek the departure of Prayuth and a new constitution. He rejects their accusation that he engineered last year's election to keep power he first took in a 2014 coup. They have also demanded curbs on the monarchy, saying it has enabled decades of military domination.

(Additional reporting by Orathai Sriring, Patpicha Tanakasempipat; Writing by Matthew Tostevin; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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