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Protests to continue over the long weekend as Prayut’s photo was burned

by Kenneth Basilio
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Protests to continue over the long weekend as Prayut’s photo was burned
Photo: Reuters

An image of Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, was burned by activists outside the Government House of Thailand on Friday.

The Friday protestors also burned an image of Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan.

The democratic protests by the demonstrators aim the ousting of the incumbent military-turned-politicians of the Thailand government.

An activist who partook in the burning of the images of government officials said:

“We want to burn the bad things in Thailand.”

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The protestor added:

“[The constitution drafted by the junta officials are] unreliable and unfair for our democracy.”

Critics cite that the current constitution was drafted to guarantee and legalize the government’s junta leaders’ standing.

Likewise, the youth organizers responsible for the democratic protests are planning on holding more demonstrations at the long weekend.

Reports say that at least 23 protests are scheduled to happen over the next ten days.

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The rallies also motivated various sectoral protests in at least six provinces.

On Thursday, various student and activist groups held rallies in Pattani, Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani, and Khon Kaen.

Students at Songkhla University’s Pattani campus held protests that echoed the same calls by the Free Youth Movement – the youth mass democratic organization responsible for the protests – such as the dissolution of parliament, an end of the authorities’ harassment of people, and a new constitution.

However, the university president of Songkhla iterated that its students may not use the school’s premises in conducting demonstrations.

Due to the university official’s pronouncement, the students at Songkhla are now sporting anti-government and anti-university calls against authorities.

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Ayutthaya protestors, on the other hand, consolidated at Bueng Phraram Park. The organizers gave speeches deferring that the government is curtailing democracy in Thailand.

They had also covered their nameplates and mouths with masking tapes, as a symbol of protest.

Authorities were sighted at the rally, taking pictures of the demonstrations. A drone was also spotted; however, it wasn’t known whether the device was a property of the authorities or from the protesters.

Students from the Bangkok University, Rangsit University, and the Rajamangala University of Technology in Pathum Thani organized at least 500 people at their rally.

Pathum Thani officers allegedly harassed a protestor, ordering them to show the placards the demonstrators are carrying.

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Lawyers attending the protest helped the aggrieved student with the issue against the officers.

The conflict subsided without arrests or citations from the officials.

In Khon Kaen, the demonstrations were held at the Ratchadanusorn Park. Like the protests mentioned above, the Khon Kaen rallies were sporting the same calls from before.

While the demonstrations are being conducted, an official harassed a protestor, attempting to arrest the demonstrator. The security officers of the rally helped the individual vexed by authorities.

Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) cited that there are at least 30 uniformed police officers who patrolled the demonstration.

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Source: Prachatai & Reuters