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Reports regarding mob situation in Thailand

An overview of public assemblies in April 2021

April 2021 is marked by a new surge of Covid-19 pandemic, the third of its kind in Thailand and it has impeded attempts to hold a mass demonstration. Nevertheless, as the political prosecutions have been in full swing, political actions have persisted through the action #StandStopImprisonment to demand a release of political prisoners. It should be noted that a slew of legal cases against people exercising their freedom of expression have been swiftly prosecuted in the past month.
  • An overview of public assemblies in April 2021

    April 2021 is marked by a new surge of Covid-19 pandemic, the third of its kind in Thailand and it has impeded attempts to hold a mass demonstration. Nevertheless, as the political prosecutions have been in full swing, political actions have persisted through the action #StandStopImprisonment to demand a release of political prisoners. It should be noted that a slew of legal cases against people exercising their freedom of expression have been swiftly prosecuted in the past month.
  • An overview of public assemblies in March 2021

    Mob Data Thailand has found public assemblies in March have continued incessantly leading to a spike in the prosecutions against the participants, as many as 581 individuals in 268 cases within three months according to the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR). There have been three crackdowns on public assemblies, all of which are indicative of an increase of restriction of the right to freedom of assembly and expression.
  • An overview of public assemblies in February 2021

    February saw an escalation of tension related public assemblies in terms of prosecutions and crackdown on public assemblies which have become increasingly more violent ostensibly to deter the exercise of freedoms. During the month, the number prosecutions against the demonstrators has soared while the authorities have readily resorted to the use of force to disperse public assemblies four times.
  • An overview of public assemblies in January 2021

    Into 2021, Thailand is gripped by a semi-lockdown due to the second surge of Covid-19 pandemic. It appears political assemblies have stuttered as well, similar to during the first surge last year. After a while, various groups have taken to the street again to push forward their demands on key issues and they tend to expand to cover a range of other social issues, be it the procurement of Covid-19 vaccination, relief program for the affected people, or the gatherings to show solidarity with those arrested for politically motivated charges to express their discontent toward the use of SLAPP cases to stifle freedom of expression.
  • As the year drew to a close, a slew of public assemblies continued, even selling shrimps was treated as public assembly

    At least eight public assemblies took place during the last two weeks of 2020, from 20-31 December. In addition, relentless harassment was made against the demonstrators including pressing charges against them and cracking down on public assemblies of WeVo or We Volunteer.
  • Public assembly to show moral support to those charged with Section 112 case

    During 6-19 December 2020 saw at least six public assemblies. During this time, there was no mass demonstrations with over 1,000 participants. Rather, most public assemblies were organized to show their moral support to their fellow demonstrators who have been charged at various police stations. Meanwhile, harassment against the demonstrators by charging them for violating the Penal Code’s Section 112 was on the rise.
  • Less demonstrations amidst a barrage of legal cases

    22 November - 5 December 2020 saw two major political events. On 25 November, an announcement was made about the demonstration at the Crown Property Bureau (CPB). It sent the police into a frenzy to block the surrounding routes to deny the protesters access to the CPB. Another event on 2 December was the ruling delivered by the Constitutional Court on the “army housing case” against General Prayut Chan-Ocha and whether it was a breach of the Constitution. The two incidences did not yield any violence from the authorities, after all.
  • Proposals from the demonstrators become more diverse while more violence has also been meted out by the state

    There have been at least 43 public assemblies countrywide during 8 – 21 November 2020 including at least 12 in Bangkok and at least 26 in the province. Meanwhile, the yellow shirts have organized at least seven public assemblies. The past two weeks saw a decrease in the number of public assemblies compared to the previous two weeks which saw at least 77 assemblies countrywide. In terms of major incidences, during 17-18 October, the Parliament was convening a special session to review seven Draft Constitutional Amendments including the one supported by the people’s sector. As a result, “Free People” Group (Khana Ratsadon) thus called for a public assembly in front of the Parliament (Kiak Kai intersection) to put pressure on the Parliament to accept to review the Draft Constitutional Amendment proposed by the people’s sector. Meanwhile, the Royalist group who objects to the acceptance of the Draft Constitutional Amendment also called for a public assembly at the same place and on the same day, which has eventually led to a clash of the two groups.
  • Demonstrations post the lifting of State of Emergency and the release of protesters

    In the wake of the lifting of serious emergency situation in Bangkok and attempts to explore solutions by the General Prayut Chan-ocha government by having the special parliamentary session from 26-27 October 2020 to review recommendations from the parliament, it has failed to ease the onslaught demonstrations put out by school and university students and members of the public as not a single demand of theirs has not been met by the government. Meanwhile, the protest leaders constantly face detention and prosecution triggering the outpouring of assemblies, day in day out and around the country. Most of them have taken place leaderless. From 22 October –7 November 2020, at least 22 public assemblies took place in Bangkok and at least 50 in the province.