Thousands of people protested in the centre of Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, on Sunday, Oct 25 in the first demonstration since Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ignored his resignation deadline on Saturday night.
Prayut Emergency Demonstration
It appears as the first significant display of force since Prayut lifted emergency measures on October 15. It supposed to stop three months of demonstrations against the government. Moreover, required to prevent the monarchy but took to the streets tens of thousands of people.
If he does not resign, we have to come out to ask him to leave in a peaceful manner,” said protest leader Jatupat “Pai” Boonpattaraksa. He stated when people chanted “Prayut Out”.
“Instead of being a prime minister, I want Prayut to think as a citizen,” said 43-year-old Nuch. “The economy is really bad, since he can not solve the problem, he should resign and let someone else do it.”
Prime Minister Post
The office of the Prime Minister Prayut posted a message on Twitter saying that he won’t vacate. He said the crisis should be discussed in parliament. Moreover, a special session on Monday and Tuesday would be held. But his opponents have little faith in an assembly dominated by his supporters. No sign of a significant police presence at the Ratchaprasong Intersection around protesters, an emotional place for protesters as the scene of bloodshed in 2010 in a security forces crackdown.
There will be no use of intimidation, a government spokesman said. Additionally, they called on individuals to remain peaceful and obey the law. A group of drag queens gathered in a relaxed atmosphere to put on a show. Protests since mid-July have placed the greatest pressure on the establishment in years. Particularly with taboo-breaking calls to limit the powers of the monarchy of King Maha Vajiralongkorn. Protesters plan to march to the German Embassy on Monday. They planed to do so to give a message to the king, who is currently in Thailand.
Over the past week and a half, the monarch returned to Thailand to celebrate a Buddhist holiday. He also gave tribute to the death of his late father, Bhumibol Adulyadej. He has not commented on the protests. Despite unrest in Bangkok as demonstrators grow bolder in their challenge to the royal institution. But with his supporters waiting outside the palace, the king has made occasional public visits.
King Appearances And Statements
Yet the king has made occasional public appearances. On Friday, to honour a man who had held up a picture of the king’s parents at a rally, he broke from royal protocol.
“Very brave. So good. Thank you”,the king told the man, according to footage posted on Facebook. The quote trended as a hashtag on Twitter in Thailand following the interaction.
The hashtag “25 October crowd” also a top topic on Sunday morning. “Going to the German Embassy represents the obvious problem. The exercise of power by the king makes many people uncomfortable. The poses concerns about whether it violates German rule,” said activist Piyarat “Toto” Chongthep.
The demonstrators demanded departure of Prayut and a new Constitution. He denies their allegation. He denied that he orchestrated the election last year to retain power. Additionally, he also denied that he first took in a coup in 2014. They have also called for curbs on the monarchy, arguing it has allowed for decades of military rule.