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An overview of public assemblies October 2021

Throughout October 2021, there have been at least 110 public assemblies countrywide. Their main demand is the removal of General Prayut Chan-ocha as Prime Minister and the restoration of the right to bail for people imprisoned for political reasons. The Resistant Citizen resumed its Stand Stop Imprisonment since 16 August 2021 for 76 days running (as of 31 October) and they continued to stand there at Arkong Lawn in front of the Supreme Court.The other demands including constitutional amendment and the repeal of the Penal Code’s Section 112 continue to appear in all campaigns. The independent groups have also been converged at Din Daeng Intersection including the Thalugaz from 1-6 October 2021. The authorities have adapted the tactic to occupy the area at the Din Daeng Intersection. They were all clad in kai color uniforms signifying that they belonged to the Metropolitan Police Bureau and were equipped with live bullets.
  • An overview of public assemblies October 2021

    Throughout October 2021, there have been at least 110 public assemblies countrywide. Their main demand is the removal of General Prayut Chan-ocha as Prime Minister and the restoration of the right to bail for people imprisoned for political reasons. The Resistant Citizen resumed its Stand Stop Imprisonment since 16 August 2021 for 76 days running (as of 31 October) and they continued to stand there at Arkong Lawn in front of the Supreme Court.The other demands including constitutional amendment and the repeal of the Penal Code’s Section 112 continue to appear in all campaigns. The independent groups have also been converged at Din Daeng Intersection including the Thalugaz from 1-6 October 2021. The authorities have adapted the tactic to occupy the area at the Din Daeng Intersection. They were all clad in kai color uniforms signifying that they belonged to the Metropolitan Police Bureau and were equipped with live bullets.
  • An overview of public assemblies September 2021

    Throughout September 2021, at least 141 public assemblies took place countrywide. The leading protest groups included those led by Nattawut Saikua, student groups including the Ramkhahaeng University Network, the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration, the Democracy Restoration Group (DRG), the Technical College for the People and Democracy, the Resistant Citizen, the We, The People, the Wilar Party, and other alliances such as the Labor Network for People’s Rights and independent groups such as the Thalugaz which has been staging the protest 41 days in a row since 7 August. Their main demand is the removal of General Prayut Chan-ocha as Prime Minister. Meanwhile, the “Stand Stop the Tyranny” by We, The people in Chiang Mai and the Stand Stop Imprisonment by Resistant Citizen at the Supreme Court in Bangkok continued for the 46th and 42nd, respectively to demand the right to bail of political prisoners.
  • An overview of public assemblies 7-15 August 2021

    From 7-15 August 2021, various groups have organized protests to demand the removal of General Prayut Chan-ocha as Prime Minister including the Free Youth, Thalu Fah, and Car Mob groups, altogether 35 times at the Democracy Monument, the Ratchaprasong Intersection, the Victory Monument and Din Daeng Intersection. The Car Mobs alone have been organized at least 35 times in 28 provinces. Nevertheless, the organizers in Phatthalung and Suratthani had to call off the activities before time due to their concern about safety of the organizers and participants.
  • An overview of public assemblies in June 2021

    Thailand is currently contending with the continuous 3rd wave outbreak from April 2021 and is likely to enter the 4th wave due to the widespread virus Delta variant. The high rise in COVID-19 infections in Thailand has reflected the Thai government's inability to manage the spread of the virus and vaccine importation. This has allowed the rise of public demonstrations of people and civil society who are affected by governmental pandemic policies demanding governmental assistance and relief.
  • An overview of public assemblies in May 2021

    gh which corresponds to the rising number of detained political defendants. In midst of the pandemic, the rising COVID-19 cases in prison as a result of increased incarceration, overcrowding of prisons, and ineffective prison healthcare system.
  • 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.