Saturday, November 27

With protest, they demand that the current government of Thailand resign



Hundreds of student-led protesters demonstrated in Bangkok yesterday to call for the resignation of the Thai government and the repeal of the controversial lese majesty law.

The protest in the center of the capital comes a day before Thailand begins opening its borders to travelers and tourists vaccinated against COVID-19 from 62 countries, including Spain, with the requirement of only one night of quarantine, an initiative that seeks to reactivate tourism.

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At yesterday’s protest was Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, one of the student leaders on whom the lese majesty accusation weighs, also known as article 112, which provides penalties of between 3 and 15 years for those who “defame, insult or threaten” members of the royal family.

The protesters, led by the Thamasat United Front and Manifestation student group, collected signatures against the lese majesty law, which has been criticized by the UN and human rights NGOs. At least 137 people, including the main student leaders, have been accused by the authorities of violating this law due to their activities during the protests, according to the NGO Thai Lawyers for Human Rights.

Despite the lower number of protests in recent months, which demand reforms to reduce power and influence from the Royal House of Thailand, the authorities continue to harass student leaders, the main organizers of the movement.

The pro-democracy protests began in July 2020 to demand the resignation of the Thai prime minister, the drafting of a new Constitution – since the current one was written by the defunct military junta (2014-2019) – and the objective of reducing the power of the military.

However, the boldest demand is the reform of the monarchy with the aim of minimizing its political influence and the amendment of the law of lese majesty.

THE AMOUNT

3 AND 15 YEARS years in prison for those who “defame, insult or threaten” members of the royal family.

SQM

Topics

  • Thailand
  • Governments
  • Marches
  • Protests

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