Thailand: Protesters again on the streets regardless of police ban


A whole lot on Bangkok streets defying ban on protests in opposition to Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and the highly effective monarchy.

A whole lot of anti-government protesters have demonstrated in opposition to Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and the highly effective monarchy in Bangkok on Sunday, defying as soon as once more a ban on protests.

Demonstrations have persevered regardless of the arrest of dozens of protesters and their leaders, the usage of water cannon and shutdowns on a lot of Bangkok’s metro rail system in a bid to quell over three months of avenue motion.

Protesters moved shortly from level to level, posting totally different websites for potential demonstrations on social media.

“We are going to keep till it’s over or transfer to a different location with different activists,” stated Dee, 25, one in every of a number of dozen protesters at Asok, one of many busiest interchanges in Bangkok.

A whole lot gathered on the Victory Monument, practically 5 kilometres (three miles) away.

Protesters at Asok put up handwritten notices on the shuttered station that learn “Does licking the boots of the dictator style good?”.

A number of police officers gathered on the opposite facet of the interchange however didn’t instantly intervene.

“We’re dedicated to sustaining peace and order. So as to take action we’re certain by legal guidelines, worldwide requirements and human rights,” police spokesman Kissana Phathanacharoen informed a information convention.

The federal government banned demonstrations in Bangkok on Thursday [Sakchai Lalit/AP]

Protesters say Prayuth engineered final yr’s election to maintain the facility he seized in a 2014 coup – an accusation he denies.

The demonstrations have additionally develop into extra overtly essential of King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s monarchy, breaking a long-standing taboo, demanding curbs to its powers regardless of potential jail phrases of up 15 years for anybody insulting the king.

The Royal Palace has made no touch upon the protests however the king has stated Thailand wanted individuals who love the nation and the monarchy.

The federal government banned demonstrations in Bangkok on Thursday.

Throughout demonstrations by tens of hundreds of individuals at a number of factors throughout Bangkok on Saturday, protesters painted a flag on the street with “Republic of Thailand” written throughout it. The writing was painted out in a single day.

Throughout Thailand, demonstrations have been being organised in no less than 19 different provinces on Sunday.

Solidarity protests have been additionally being held or deliberate in Taiwan, Denmark, Sweden, France, the US and Canada.