Tens of thousands of protesters partake in Thailand pro-democracy rally

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09/19/2020

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters massed close to Thailand’s royal palace Saturday, in a huge rally calling for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha to step down and demanding reforms to the monarchy. The kingdom has seen near-daily gatherings of youth-led groups since mid-July calling for the resignation of Prayut, the former army chief behind the 2014 coup, and a complete overhaul of his administration. Some are also demanding reforms to Thailand’s ultra-wealthy and powerful monarchy – a once-taboo topic in the country due to its tough royal defamation laws. The burgeoning movement, partly inspired by Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests, remains largely leaderless. Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters massed close to Thailand’s royal palace Saturday, in a huge rally calling for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha to step down and demanding reforms to the monarchy. Flooding into the historic Sanam Luang field in front of the Royal Palace, LGBT activists unfurled rainbow flags as protesters marched in waving a three-fingered salute, a symbol for democracy taken from the Hunger Games film trilogy. “We are calling for Prayut Chan-ocha … to resign immediately,” prominent activist and protest organizer Parit Chiwarak, also known as Penguin, told AFP.

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