Thousands rally in Thai capital against government

Reuters  Soe Zeya Tun

Thousands of protesters marched in Bangkok on Sunday (September 20) in an open challenge to Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

The marchers were blocked by hundreds of unarmed police manning crowd control barriers and Anucha Burapachaisri, a government spokesperson said authorities would not use violence.

Pro-democracy student leaders install a plaque declaring "This country belongs to the people" at the Sanam Luang field during a protest in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020.

Saturday's protests moved from the campus of the university, a traditional hotbed of opposition to the military and royalist establishment, and on to Sanam Luang - translated as Royal Field - outside the Grand Palace. Thousands of demonstrators turned out Saturday for a rally to support the student-led protest movement's demands for new elections and reform of the monarchy.

It reads, "At this place the people have expressed their will: that this country belongs to the people and is not the property of the monarch as they have deceived us".

The military, which proclaims itself the defender of the monarchy and national stability, has carried out several bloody crackdowns on protesters since the end of absolute monarchy in 1932 as well as 13 successful coups.

Police did not intervene.

Tyrell Haberkorn, a Thai studies scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said that by holding their protest at Sanam Luang, a longtime "site of recreation and protest for the people, taken over in recent years by the monarchy", the protesters "have won a significant victory".

Despite his contentious rise to power, the protesters care far more about the king's limits than the prime minister's.

Protest leaders subsequently presented a petition for reform of the monarchy to Pol Lt Gen Papakpon Pongpetra, commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau.

Reuters  Soe Zeya Tun
Reuters Soe Zeya Tun

Before placing the new plaque, Mr Parit led the protesters to pray for the souls of all of those who sacrificed their lives for democracy.

His whereabouts remain unknown and protesters accuse the Thai state of orchestrating his kidnapping - something the police and government have denied.

They believe that Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who as army commander led a 2014 coup toppling an elected government, was returned to power unfairly in last year's general election because the laws had been changed to favor a pro-military party.

What is different this time?

Protesters said they will converge in front of the parliament building on Thursday for the next round of protests.

But she and her fellow activists have been accused of "chung chart" - a Thai term meaning "hatred of the nation" - and they say they are deeply fearful of the consequences of doing "the right thing" by speaking out.

The young woman who delivered the manifesto, Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, has said their intention "is not to destroy the monarchy but to modernise it, to adapt it to our society".

What are the laws protecting the monarchy?

The king is not now in Thailand. Prayuth has previously made it clear that reform of the monarchy is out of question.

The law had been increasingly enforced in the years after the 2014 coup, although it has slowed since King Vajiralongkorn let it be known he no longer wanted it to be so widely used.

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