The government of Thailand had imposed a state of emergency and had banned protests to end more than three months of protests.
Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in central Bangkok in a mass show of defiance as government imposes a state of emergency.
Protesters vowed to return to the same place every day after they dispersed at 10 pm local time. They cheered and chanted peacefully during demonstrations.
According to the international news agency, demonstrations have targeted King Maha Vajiralongkorn as well as Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, in the biggest challenge for years to an establishment long ruled by the army and the palace.
“Like dogs cornered, we are fighting till our deaths,” Panupong ‘Mike Rayong’ Jadnok, one the high-profile protest leaders who remain free, told the crowd. “We won’t fall back. We won’t run away. We won’t go anywhere.”
Pavida Pananond, an associate professor at Thammasat Business School, says she is not surprised that people returned to the streets despite the new decree.
“There has been boiling sentiment,” she told the international news agency. “The protests show the depth of the anger and frustration of the people in Bangkok who do not even fear the elevated state of emergency.”
What do protesters demand?
- Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to step down
- Parliament dissolved and new elections held
- The constitution, drafted by the military, to be rewritten
- An end to the intimidation of dissidents
- Reform of the monarchy