Thousands of protesters against the government and monarchy in Thailand took over the streets of the capital, Bangkok.
Anti-government and anti-monarchy protests in Thailand continue. Despite the emergency decision announced in the capital, Bangkok, thousands of people have literally seized the streets of the capital. As demonstrators gathered at key crossroads in the capital, they captured the Victory Monument and Asok, two of Bangkok’s most important transportation hubs. Protesters shouted “Give up dictatorship” and “Reform in the monarchy”, while reiterating the resignation of former junta leader Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, and the monarchy demands for reform and a new Constitution. Despite the security forces closing the metro network, intervening with water cannons and detaining many people, the protests have continued for more than 3 months. The protesters raised the pictures of their friends who were detained during the demonstrations and chanted “Save our friends”. The police have not yet intervened in the protests held today.
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Government Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri said today that Prime Minister Chan-ocha is concerned about the ongoing protests, saying, “The government wants to talk together to find a way out.” The spokesman did not specify with whom the government wanted to talk. Spokesperson Burapachaisri said Prime Minister Chan-ocha fears that external forces will provoke violence in protests that have spread across the country. The royal side, on the other hand, remains silent about the protests.
In the statement made by Thai Human Rights Lawyers, he stated that at least 80 protesters have been detained since 13 October, and 27 of them are still in custody. The police did not give any information about the number of people in custody.
Demonstrations were held today in at least 19 cities across Thailand. Support protests against Thailand were held in Taiwan, Denmark, Sweden, France, the USA and Canada.
Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong, on the other hand, supported the Thai people with his social media account and said, “Thai determination for democracy cannot be deterred.”