Anti-Government Demonstrators In Bangkok Call For New Elections In Thailand

The protests were partially fueled by arrests of two activist leaders on Friday.

Sohil Nikam

August 17, 2020

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Pro-democracy activists in Thailand are continuing their protests against the government by gathering at various locations, including the capital city of Bangkok. The protests that have been going on since last week were fueled by the arrests of two activist leaders on Friday. The detentions of human rights lawyer, Anon Nampa and student activist, Panupong Jadnok led to thousands of people gathering in Bangkok on Saturday.

On August 10, 2020, at least 3,000 students had gathered at the Thammasat University, as part of a series of rallies calling for the military-aligned government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to step down. However, the protests had taken a big turn when a student went on stage and read out the 1932 proclamation that had ended the absolute monarchy in Thailand. Demonstrations against the monarchy are rare in Thailand since such acts are considered criminal offences by the laws in the country.

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