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Reports regarding mob situation in Thailand

12/21/2020, 1:39:01 PM

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.
  • 12/21/2020, 1:39:01 PM

    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.
  • 12/21/2020, 1:38:04 PM

    The efforts to stifle public assemblies

    On 14 October 2020, a massive public assembly by “Khana Ratsadon” took place coalescing around three demands including (1) the resignation of General Prayut Chan-ocha as Prime Minister, (2) the opening of a special parliamentary session to deliberate on the Draft Constitution prepared by the people, and (3) the reform the monarchy. One day prior, on 13 October, the police have forcibly dispersed a public assembly and arrested members of the “E-san Ratsadon” who were gathered at the Democracy Monument. On the morning of 14 October, around 8am, the demonstrators started to gather and then moved en masse around 2pm toward the Government House. The Khana Ratsadon’s public assembly was taking place while some members of the public and government officials clad in yellow shirts were lining up along the Ratchadamnoen Avenue where the royal motorcade of Their Majesties was supposed to pass by. They were there to greet His Majesty Rama X.
  • 12/21/2020, 1:38:19 PM

    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.
  • 12/21/2020, 1:38:35 PM

    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.