According to the organizers, it could be one of the biggest rallies in recent years: they expect up to 100,000 participants.
Thailand – With a large demonstrations in Bangkok, Thai government critics want to make their calls for new elections and legislative changes heard. According to the organizers, it could be one of the biggest rallies in recent years: they expect up to 100,000 participants.
The government plans to send 2,000 police officers to keep order. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha warned that the demonstration could contribute to the spread of the coronavirus. The general has been in power since a military coup in 2014. He is considered an advocate of conservative Thai values.
Monarchy at the heart of the dispute
There have been protests in the kingdom for weeks. It also deals with the role of the monarchy – the subject has long been a taboo. The demonstrators are not only calling for a new constitution and new elections to be drawn up, but also for an end to the intimidation of citizens and political opponents.
There is also a controversial law to protect the monarchy, which provides draconian sentences of up to 15 years in prison for criticizing the royal family.
Student protests have intensified in Thailand in recent months, and many students have been arrested, and Panusaya , the leader of the Students’ Union, has been the target of the authorities, with some criticism of the monarchy.