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World Thai Protesters Plan to Pressure Germany on King’s Legal Status

10:05  26 october  2020
10:05  26 october  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

Two Thai protesters could face life imprisonment for violence against the Queen

  Two Thai protesters could face life imprisonment for violence against the Queen Two activists in Thailand have been arrested on charges of attempting violence against the Queen, which could result in a possible life sentence. © Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images Pro-democracy activist Bunkueanun "Francis" Paothong comforts loved ones before he enters the Dusit police station to answer charges of harming Thailand's Queen Suthida on October 16, 2020. The arrests come after Queen Suthida's motorcade drove past protesters in Bangkok on Wednesday, with video showing the crowd shouting and holding up the defiant three-finger salute inspired by the Hunger Games movie franchise.

Protests planned at German Embassy. Protesters are due to gather outside the German Embassy on Monday, as the Thai king , Maha Vajiralongkorn — one of the world’ s wealthiest monarchs — spends most of his time in Bavaria rather than in Bangkok. Protesters have become increasingly

King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun spends little time in Thailand , living most of the year in Europe. He has consolidated financial and military power, bringing crown coffers and influential army units under his control.

(Bloomberg) -- 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.

a city at night: Thai Parliament Set to Meet as Protests Continue. © Photographer: Mladen Antonov/AFP via Getty Images Thai Parliament Set to Meet as Protests Continue.

The letter, to be delivered to embassy officials in Bangkok, will request Germany to scrutinize whether the king has exercised royal authority during his time there in violation of the country’s law, the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration, one of the protest organizers, said in a statement on Sunday night. The king, who is currently in Bangkok, spends much of his time in Germany.

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  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.

Pro-democracy protesters in Thailand gathered again Sunday in Bangkok, seeking to keep up pressure on the government a day ahead of a special session of Parliament called to try to ease political tensions. Few protesters turned out in the first hour of the rally, as a better publicized protest

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.

Officials at the German embassy in Bangkok weren’t immediately available for comment. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said this month that Thailand’s king shouldn’t be conducting state business from the European country.

The latest call from protesters came before lawmakers began a debate on the pro-democracy demonstrations that pose a challenge to the royalist elite that has run Thailand for much of its history. They want Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha to resign, changes to a constitution written after a 2014 coup and greater accountability and transparency for the monarchy -- the most powerful institution in the country.

Parliament Debate

Prayuth, who has ignored calls to quit, said on Monday he was open to any practical suggestions from the lawmakers to resolve the protesters’ demands as he remains committed to preserving the rights of all Thai citizens. The government wants to prevent any clashes or riots by enforcing the law, he said.

"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 Parliament began a special session on Monday that was called to address tensions as pro-democracy protests draw students and other demonstrators into the streets almost daily demanding the prime minister’ s resignation. Also read | Explained: Why are Thai students protesting ?

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

Sompong Amornwiwat, a leader of the opposition Pheu Thai Party, said Prayuth must resign to de-escalate the situation and urged the government to consider protesters’ demand for amending the constitution without any delay. He also called for the immediate release of arrested pro-democracy activists and an end to harassment of those opposed to the government.

The protesters said the parliament sitting was being used to insult and slander the anti-government movement. “If politics is good, there would be no protests today,” the Thammasat group said on Facebook, asking supporters to join the march to the German embassy later today.


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Prayuth has said the government is open to amending some unspecified parts of the constitution though parliament last month stalled the charter amendment process. Protesters say the constitution, which allows a military-appointed Senate to vote for the prime minister, was instrumental in helping Prayuth maintain power.

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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 More recently they have also stepped up demands for reforms to curb 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

The prime minister has struggled to quell the protest movement, forcing him to withdraw a state of emergency in the capital within a week of its imposition and asking protesters to “take a step back” to de-escalate the situation. But protesters rejected the olive branch and called for more protests.

Prayuth’s Performance

An opinion poll by Suan Dusit University showed that more than 62% of respondents felt discontent with Prayuth’s performance was the key reason for the escalating protest movement. Another survey by the National Institute of Development Administration showed 59% of the 1,336 respondents are worried the protests will lead to violence and conflict.

The Thai government may be drawn into a “prolonged stand-off with the protesters, coupled with the arrests and harassment of leaders, in hopes of the movement’s losing momentum,” said Christopher Ankersen, associate professor at New York University’s School of Professional Studies Center for Global Affairs.

If the government is forced to make some compromise, a drafting of a new constitution -- “a slow, long and arcane process” -- could be used to buy time, Ankersen said, adding that Prayuth’s resignation could also be on the table.

(Updates with protest group’s comment in seventh paragraph.)

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Thai students pose with 'dissidents' in graduation protest .
Thai students pose with 'dissidents' in graduation protestBANGKOK (Reuters) - Some students at Thailand's Thammasat University posed with cardboard cutouts of well-known critics of the monarchy on Saturday in a protest as King Maha Vajiralongkorn was to present degrees amid growing calls for royal reform.

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