Anti-government Protests Rock Thailand's Capital

Published July 20th, 2020 - 06:42 GMT
A protester makes the three-fingered Hunger Games salute while taking part in an anti-government demonstration in Bangkok on July 18, 2020. Scuffles broke out as thousands of mainly young and black-clad Thai protesters converged on July 18 at Bangkok's Democracy Monument, in the city's rowdiest anti-government protest in years. Aidan JONES / AFP
A protester makes the three-fingered Hunger Games salute while taking part in an anti-government demonstration in Bangkok on July 18, 2020. Scuffles broke out as thousands of mainly young and black-clad Thai protesters converged on July 18 at Bangkok's Democracy Monument, in the city's rowdiest anti-government protest in years. Aidan JONES / AFP
Highlights
Free Youth group organize first major political demonstration since end of most of Thailand’s COVID-19 restrictions.

Thousands took to the streets here in Bangkok to call a new Constitution in anti-government rallies Saturday.

Protests were organized by the Free Youth group and demonstrators gathered at the Democracy Monument to voice opposition to the government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

“The rally was the first major political demonstration since the end of most Covid-19 restrictions. And while the emergency decree, including a prohibition on public gatherings, remains in effect, government officials have said they would not apply it to political events if they remained peaceful,” according to the Bangkok Post.


“The rally was staged to press three demands: dissolution of the House, a rewrite of the constitution and an end to official and judicial harassment of those critical of the government,” it said.

Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was ousted in a coup in 2014, and then-army chief Prayut took power. He was elected prime minister in 2019.

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