Thailand: Thousands demand monarchy and govt reforms at Bangkok rally

20 сентября 2020 г. 19:24

Thousands of protesters marched in Bangkok on Sunday to protest the government and call for reforms to the Thai monarchy. Student-led peaceful protests calling for royal and political reforms have been gaining momentum since July, and the demonstrations over the weekend were the biggest in Thailand in more than five years. People could be seen on Sanam Luang (Royal Field) square waving flags and signs, risking years in prison as the country has some of the world's strictest lese majeste laws, with some previous offenders being sentence to up to 15 years in prison. Demonstrators were also demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and for a new constitution to be drafted to replace the 2017 constitution that was devised after a period of military rule. «People are angry at the government, that they ignore us, ignore our request,» a protester said. Activists declared «victory» later on Sunday after handing a list of demands to the police to be passed on to Bangkok authorities.

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