Thousands of anti-government protesters occupied major squares in Bangkok on Sunday, banning protests with chants of “down with dictatorship” and “reforming the monarchy” on the fourth day.
His spokesman said that Prime Minister Chanath-Onha, a former junior leader who is looking to oust protesters, is concerned about the protests that have spread and the government wants to talk.
The protests have continued even after the arrests of dozens of protesters and their leaders, with water cannons and shutdowns being used on Bangkok’s metro rail system to bid for street action over three months.
“Free our friends”, protesters said as they stood in the rain, colorful ponchos and a group of umbrellas. Some made portraits of the detained protest leaders. Thai lawyers for human rights said at least 80 protesters had been arrested since October 13, along with 27. The police have not given an overall number.
A spokesperson for Prathuth said that the Prime Minister feared protests, spread across a country of 70 million, could be used to incite subversive violence.
“The government wants to talk to find a way together,” spokesperson Anucha Burapachisri told Reuters. He did not specify to whom the government hoped to speak.
After the arrest of several protest leaders, an already unknown crowd has emerged to lead the mob that mobilizes itself.
The police took no immediate step to intervene as protesters took possession of two of Bangkok’s most important transport hubs, the Victory Monument and Assoc. Police said there were about 10,000 people in the Vijay Memorial alone. A spokesman said there were no plans to suppress the protest.
The protesters say that Prayuth prosecuted last year’s election to retain the seized power in the 2014 coup – an allegation he denied.
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Demonstrations in the monarchy of King Maha Wazirlongkorn have become more openly significant, breaking a long-held taboo, seeking to curb his powers despite possible terms of 15 years in prison for anyone who insults the king. .
During a demonstration by thousands at several points across Bangkok on Saturday, protesters painted a flag on the street with “Republic of Thailand”. Overnight the writing was colored.
The Royal Palace has not commented on the protests.
The government banned demonstrations in Bangkok on Thursday.
Demonstrations were held in Thailand on Sunday in at least 19 other provinces. Solidarity protests or plans were also being held in Taiwan, Denmark, Sweden, France, the United States and Canada.
The protesters, who have adopted a fast-moving strategy from Hong Kong activists, kept the police guessing where the demonstrations would take place, with social media posts showing up.
Relations between the protesters in Thailand and Hong Kong have grown into a so-called Milk Tea Alliance with mention of the popular drink at both locations. Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong tweeted in support of Thai protesters.
He said, “His determination for #ThailandDemocracy cannot be interrupted.”
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