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Thousands join huge protests demanding reforms in Thailand


Komal FatimaWeb Editor

20th Sep, 2020. 10:08 am
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At least 15,000 people have taken to the streets in Bangkok, Thailand as they called for reforms of the political system, including the role of the monarchy.

Police said it was one of the biggest protests in years. There were no reports of violence.

Demonstrators were seen chanting “Down with feudalism, long live the people.” They have called for the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha.

Saturday’s protests moved from the campus of Thammasat University to a park next to a grand palace used for royal ceremonies.

“I hope the people in power will see the importance of the people,” student leader Panupong “Mike” Jadnok, told the crowd, according to Reuters news agency. “We’re fighting to put the monarchy in the right place, not to abolish it.”

Thailand has more often reported political issues and protests. However, protests began in February as a court-ordered a fledgling pro-democracy opposition party to dissolve.

Protests began again when a pro-democracy activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit went missing in Cambodia, where he had been in exile since the 2014 military coup.

BBC reported that protesters have demanded the government led by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha, a former army chief who seized power in the coup, be dissolved; that the constitution be rewritten; that the authorities stop harassing critics.

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