Thailand’s democracy activists are not relenting despite crackdown as the plan to return to streets Thursday to continue their campaign for democracy slowed down by COVID-19. This article published by Bloomberg is written by Randy Thanthong-Knight. Here is an excerpt:
Protesters in Thailand plan to return to Bangkok’s streets on Thursday, reviving a pro-democracy movement after a six-month lull during two waves of Covid-19 outbreaks.
At least four groups of anti-government activists have called for separate gatherings to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha and to commemorate the June 24, 1932 Siamese Revolution, which ended absolute monarchy in Thailand. The Metropolitan Police Bureau has cautioned them against staging demonstrations.
In the first major demonstrations since the hiatus, key youth groups are expected to join the gatherings on Thursday in several locations across the capital, Bangkok. Dozens of protesters already face charges including sedition and insulting the monarchy, which carry sentences as long as 15 years. Out of more than 20 activists who were detained awaiting trials, two remain in jail, according to the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights database.
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