Rallying To Defy…
Anti-Government protesters occupied two important centres in Bangkok – the Victory Monument and the Ashoka – earlier this week, defying the ban on political rallies. They raised slogans: “Down with the Dictatorship” and “We want Reform of Monarchy”.
Protests against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha have been going on in Thailand for the past three months. Protesters have alleged that former Military Ruler Prayut had seized power in 2014, by rigging polls after a military coup. This time, the usage of water cannons and keeping the Metro Rail closed did not stop the protesters from gathering at the centre of Bangkok. Protests have also been staged in other parts of the South-east Asian nation…
On that day, thousands of protesters were seen standing in the rain with colourful umbrellas in the city of Bangkok. They were heard urging the authorities to release political prisoners. Surprisingly, the Police did not make any attempt to detain the protesters.
Thailand observes strict laws to suppress criticism of the Monarchy! In this situation, the Prayut Government has hinted that it wants to talk to the protesters. In a statement, Thai Prime Minister Prayut stated: “Protestors must exercise their rights under the law.” According to the Government, evil forces might spread violence in the wake of the protests. The Royal Family is yet to make comments in this regard. Meanwhile, the demonstrators have made it clear that they want the removal of a draconian Royal Defamation Law that shields King Maha Vajiralongkorn from criticism. They have also demanded that the Monarchy should stay out of Thai Politics…
It is to be noted that Thai King, with his team of mistresses, took shelter in Germany when the COVID-19 Pandemic rocked his country in February. He booked a hotel in the European country and enjoyed a lavish life there at a time when the Thai people were in deep trouble. Since then, people across the country have been staging protests against the Monarchy.
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