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Sat Oct 17, 2020, 03:47 PM

Thousands of Thais defy crackdown on protests in Bangkok

Earlier Reuters report: Hundreds of Thai protesters gather despite warnings

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Source: Reuters

Thousands of Thais defy crackdown on protests in Bangkok

Reuters in Bangkok
Sat 17 Oct 2020 19.30 BST

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Bangkok and other Thai cities on Saturday, defying a crackdown against a pro-democracy movement that has challenged both the king and the prime minister.

Youth-led rallies have spread across Thailand over recent months, with protesters making public demands for reform of the country’s monarchy, which is protected by a harsh lese-majesty law and which, until recently, was considered untouchable. They have also called for changes to the constitution, and the resignation of the prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, who first came to power during the 2014 coup.

The authorities have attempted to halt protests by introducing an emergency decree in the capital that bans gatherings of five or more people, and by arresting dozens of activists, including prominent student leaders. On Friday, the capital’s transport system was shut down, yet protesters still poured onto the streets. To outmanoeuvre the authorities, crowds assembled at several protest points across Bangkok, while rallies also took place across other Thai cities.

Some carried signs saying “stop hurting people”, after riot police used water cannon to disperse thousands of protesters, including school students, on Friday. The water contained chemical irritants that stung protesters’ eyes.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/17/thousands-of-thais-defy-crackdown-on-protests-in-bangkok

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Sat Oct 17, 2020, 04:46 PM

1. I am happy to see the young Thais standing up for their rights

The country has been led by crooked politicians for a very long time and the new king is just a nutjob. Most Thais are afraid to rise up and many, when I lived there, were afraid to even vote against the ruling party for fear of retribution.The young are becoming more and more educated and no longer want the status quo.

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