Timeline: Thai Protests Grow In Defiance Of Restriction
BANGKOK: Anti-government protesters in Thailand defied a ban on presentations for a 4th day on Sunday as they stepped up needs for the removal of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and reform of the monarchy.
Below is a timeline of events given that Prayuth, a previous military ruler, was selected prime minister after an election in March2019 He declines accusations the electoral laws were repaired in his favour.
June 9, 2019– King Maha Vajiralongkorn endorses Prayuth as prime minister, keeping him in the post he first took in a 2014 coup.
Nov. 20– Constitutional court disqualifies vocal opposition figure Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit as a member of parliament, saying he breached electoral law. He disputes the judgment.
Dec. 14– Numerous thousand protesters show in Bangkok to protest versus Thanathorn’s disqualification and the relocations to prohibit his Future Forward party.
Feb. 21, 2020– Constitutional court bans Future Forward. The next day, hundreds of individuals join a demonstration against the choice.
March 26– Authorities enforce a state of emergency situation to stop the spread of the coronavirus, limiting events and travel.
July 18– The Free Youth group draws about 2,500 to a demonstration in Bangkok and makes three needs: dissolve parliament, change the constitution and stop bothering critics.
Aug. 3– Human rights attorney Arnon Nampa makes an unprecedented call for reform of the monarchy at a protest with a Harry Potter theme.
Aug. 10– Trainees at Thammasat University list 10 demands for reforming the monarchy, including abolition of lese majeste law against criticising the king.
Aug. 16– More than 10,000 individuals sign up with a demonstration at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument.
Sept. 19– Tens of thousands protest in the most significant presentation given that the 2014 coup, cheering require reforms to the monarchy along with for the removal of Prayuth.
Sept. 20– Protesters install a plaque near the Grand Palace in Bangkok with the message that Thailand comes from individuals and not to the queen. It was removed the next day.
Sept. 24– Thai parliament votes to delay thinking about modifications to constitution.
Oct. 13– Protesters scuffle with cops and chant at the king’s passing motorcade to require the release of 21 apprehended protesters.
Oct. 14– 10s of countless protesters march to Prayuth’s offices, Federal government House, and set up camp to demand his removal. Authorities ward off jeering protesters as Queen Suthida’s convoy passes near them.
Oct. 15– Federal government orders emergency measures that consist of restriction on gatherings of 5 or more individuals, however thousands require to the streets in defiance.
Oct. 16– Cops utilize water cannon for the very first time to try to disperse protest by thousands of individuals defying ban.
Oct 17.– Tens of thousands of individuals sign up with multiple anti-government demonstrations across Bangkok and in other parts of Thailand.
Oct. 18– Protesters take over two of Bangkok’s main transport hubs and protests spread across the country. Prayuth’s spokesman states he is concerned and the government looks for talks.
( Writing by Matthew Tostevin; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)
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