Thai demonstrators problem monarchy as large protests escalate

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Thousands of Thai protesters marched near the official residence of the king on Sunday to hand-deliver a letter demanding curbs on the facility and finances of the royal household.

The anti-government protests started in July. Demonstrators are demanding prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who took energy in a 2014 navy coup, to resign. They additionally need reforms to the monarchy. Anyone criticising the monarchy faces between 1.5 to 15 years in jail.

The authorities held elections final 12 months however they had been seen as rigged, sparking public anger. The newest protests started in February after a courtroom ordered the pro-democracy Future Forward Party to disband. However, they had been delayed due to the measures imposed to sluggish the unfold of the coronavirus.

On Sunday, the demonstrators positioned a plaque within the floor subsequent to Thailand’s Grand Palace. According to native media, the plaque reads: “The people let it be known that our country belongs to the people – not to the king, as has been deceitfully claimed”, which references the 1932 revolution that modified the nation from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy.

Authorities say 18,000 individuals joined Saturday’s demonstration, whereas others give larger figures. More rallies are deliberate for Thursday and protest leaders have additionally known as for a normal strike on October 14.