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World Thai PM says 'illegal protests' must be controlled as parliament opens

09:30  26 october  2020
09:30  26 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

'Their voice is vital' - Thai celebs break silence on democracy protests

  'Their voice is vital' - Thai celebs break silence on democracy protests A K-pop superstar, beauty queens and TV personalities are among a growing wave of celebrities backing Thailand's pro-democracy movement, sending out messages of support to millions of followers on social media. Another former beauty queen, TV personality Maria Poonlertlarp, said in a video on Facebook that the treatment of protesters was "completely unjust".Political statements are unusual from Thai celebs, whose lucrative endorsements rely on the billionaire clans that are a pillar of the country's establishment. But some prominent figures broke cover after police fired water cannon at peaceful protesters in Bangkok on Friday.

Pro -democracy activists display a placard with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s Prayuth this past week issued a call to allow Parliament to seek a solution to the crisis and, in a gesture to The protesters , however, said they would stick to their deadline for Prayuth to meet their demands that

Pro -democracy activists display a placard with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's head attached to a cockroach during a protest outside remand They have shown no enthusiasm for leaving matters in the hands of Parliament . On Saturday morning, one of the protest leaders, Jatupat Pai Dao Din

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha said Thailand needs to bring "illegal protests" under control on Monday as he opened a special parliamentary session to discuss months of pro-democracy rallies.

a man wearing a hat: Protesters are calling for the resignation of Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha © Jack TAYLOR Protesters are calling for the resignation of Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha

Prayut, the former military chief who staged the 2014 coup, has faced increasing pressure in recent weeks from tens of thousands of protesters demanding his resignation.

The student-led rallies are calling for Prayut's resignation, a rewrite of the military-scripted constitution and an end to alleged government harassment of political opponents.

"Their voice is capital", Thai celebrities break the silence

 © Provided by Le Point K-pop superstar, beauty queens and television personalities are among the more and more celebrities to make their voices heard in support of the Thai pro-democracy movement. In this kingdom, stars rarely speak of their political opinions, their financial gains depending on the billionaires who are one of the pillars of the country's establishment.

Thailand ’s growing protest movement, which was set off by student activism last month, has since gained broader support. The protest leaders have demanded a new constitution, one not written by the military, as the current charter was . They have called for Parliament to dissolve.

Thailand ’s Parliament has begun a special session that was called to address tensions as pro -democracy protests draw students and other Pro -democracy protesters in Thailand gathered again on Sunday in Bangkok, seeking to keep up pressure on the government a day ahead of a

"Though the people have the freedom to protest based on the constitution, authorities need to control the illegal protests," said Prayut, who recalled parliament from recess last week.

a group of people looking at a cell phone: Thailand has seen months of protests targeting the government and demanding reforms to the monarchy © Lillian SUWANRUMPHA Thailand has seen months of protests targeting the government and demanding reforms to the monarchy

"We do not want to see clashes or riots in the country," he said, accusing some protesters of "inappropriate actions".

While Prayut acknowledged the protesters' demands in his opening speech, the two-day parliamentary session has not listed them on its agenda.

However, an incident this month when protesters flashed three-finger salutes -- a symbol of their movement -- at Queen Suthida's motorcade is up for discussion.

Thai Cabinet Approves Parliament Session to Discuss Protests

  Thai Cabinet Approves Parliament Session to Discuss Protests 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.

Pro -democracy protesters in Thailand gathered again Sunday in Bangkok, seeking to keep up pressure on the Thailand ’s government and the country’s pro -democracy movement appeared no closer to resolving their differences Saturday, as the protesters ' deadline for Prime Minister Prayuth

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.

Such an overt challenge is unprecedented in Thailand, where the royal family is protected under harsh anti-defamation laws and criticism of them is taboo.


Video: Thai PM backs down on protest ban, protesters say he must go (Reuters)

"The protesters say it was not in the plan for the Queen to pass that way, but the government says she can go anywhere," said Tankhun Jittitsara, one of the secretaries of House Speaker Chuan Leekpai.

a large auditorium: Thailand's parliament is holding a special session to discuss the ongoing pro-democracy protests © Jonathan KLEIN Thailand's parliament is holding a special session to discuss the ongoing pro-democracy protests

"No one knows the truth so we'll talk about that."

After that incident, the premier imposed emergency measures banning gatherings of more than four, while authorities arrested scores of activists.

Three activists were also charged under a rarely used law banning "violence against the Queen", which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Thai Protesters Reject PM’s Olive Branch, Give Fresh Ultimatum

  Thai Protesters Reject PM’s Olive Branch, Give Fresh Ultimatum Thai protesters gave Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha three days to resign and meet other key demands that include reforming the monarchy, appearing to reject an olive branch he offered in a televised address. © Getty Images via Bloomberg Pro-Democracy Protests Continue Across Thailand Thousands of demonstrators on Wednesday night broke through police barricades and barbed wire to march toward Prayuth’s official office.

Thailand 's embattled premier called Monday for a special session of parliament as protesters planned more rallies to demand his resignation, the release of jailed activists, and A three-fingered salute taken from "The Hunger Games" book and movie series has become a symbol of the Thai protests .

Thailand 's embattled premier called Monday for a special session of parliament as protesters planned more As they prepared to rally again Monday, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha said parliament -- currently in recess Thai pro -democracy protests continue for fourth day under state of emergency.

Prayut revoked the emergency measures a week later when they failed to discourage thousands turning up in "guerrilla" protests across Bangkok.

The demands for royal reform from some protesters include the abolition the royal defamation law, a clear accounting of the palace's finances, and a call for King Maha Vajiralongkorn to stay out of politics.

Pro-royalist groups have emerged in response to these unprecedented challenges, holding counter-rallies to pronounce their love for the king.

On Monday, dozens of supporters in yellow shirts -- the royal colour -- gathered outside Parliament, telling MPs not to reform the monarchy.

"We do not want the monarchy topic to be discussed in parliament," said Suwit Thongprasert, a prominent royalist activist.

"We are ready to protect the monarchy."

A student group has called for anti-government protesters to march Monday afternoon to the German embassy -- in apparent defiance to the king, who has spent long stints of time in Germany.

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Thai opposition figure charged over illegal protest .
A prominent Thai anti-establishment figure was on Thursday charged for his role in an illegal flash mob protest last year, prosecutors in the country's capital said. Thai police on Thursday also announced they would summon six demonstrators for questioning over Monday's protest at the German embassy in Bangkok. King Maha Vajiralongkorn spends long periods in Germany, and has been accused of conducting state business from abroad.

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