Thai Protesters Cry for Political Reforms

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About 10,000 Thai activists participated in another anti-government protest last Sunday demanding for constitutional reforms and an end to the harassment of opposition activists. Aside from this is a clamor for the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a Thai military leader who became the Prime Minister of Thailand after leading a successful coup in 2014. The protest has been the biggest anti-government demonstration to date, where different activist groups join together to show immense support for change.


Aljazeera.com: Thousands protest in Bangkok demanding gov’t resignation

Aljazeera reports that more than 10,000 protesters have gathered in Thailand’s capital Bangkok to demand the resignation of the government, changes to the constitution and an end to the harassment of opposition activists.

Demonstrators said Sunday’s protest would show broader support for change in the Southeast Asian country beyond the student groups that have organised almost-daily protests for the past month.

As well as demanding the departure of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former military government leader who won disputed elections last year, some groups have also called for curbs on the powerful monarchy – once a taboo subject.

Al Jazeera’s Wayne Hay, reporting from Bangkok, said the anti-government protesters did not appear to be backing down from their demands for reform.

“Previous protests have been mainly led by students. However, here today we see a for more diverse crowd, with many older people also taking part,” he said.

BBC News: Thai protests: Thousands gather in Bangkok to demand reforms

In a similar news from BBC, demonstrators want a revised constitution and are also calling for reform of the monarchy – a sensitive subject in Thailand. Under Thai law, anyone criticizing the royal family faces long prison sentences.

There have been almost daily student-led demonstrations in recent weeks. Several protest leaders have been arrested.

BBC interviewed a 24 year old activist where she said they want a new election and a new parliament from the people. They dream to have a monarchy which is truly under the constitution.

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