Thousands protest in Bangkok against govt

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Published: August 17,2020 10:05 AM
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August 17, 2020: Thousands of people hit the streets on Sunday in Bangkok to demand the resignation of the government, changes to the constitution and an end to the harassment of opposition activists.

August 17, 2020: Thousands of people hit the streets on Sunday in Bangkok to demand the resignation of the government, changes to the constitution and an end to the harassment of opposition activists. The demonstrators have demanded the departure of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former military government leader who won disputed elections last year, Sputnik reported.





The organisers gathered over 19,000 signatures under a petition calling to rewrite the constitution, which was created while the military was in power from 2014-2019.





The police said that some 12,000 people had turned up, but the counting was made within a confined perimeter of the square where the main rally was held and did not include thousands thronging nearby streets.





As well as demanding the departure of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former junta leader who won disputed elections last year, some student groups have also called for curbs on the powerful monarchy - once a taboo subject. Several dozen royalists in yellow shirts to symbolise their support for the monarchy also held a rival demonstration, waving national flags and holding up gold-framed portraits of King Maha Vajiralongkorn and other members of the royal family.