Thailand: Protesters again on the streets regardless of police ban

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Hundreds on Bangkok streets defying ban on protests towards Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and the highly effective monarchy.Hundreds of anti-government protesters have demonstrated towards Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and the highly effective monarchy in Bangkok on Sunday, defying as soon as once more a ban on protests.
Demonstrations have continued regardless of the arrest of dozens of protesters and their leaders, using water cannon and shutdowns on a lot of Bangkok’s metro rail system in a bid to quell over three months of avenue motion.
Protesters moved shortly from level to level, posting totally different websites for doable demonstrations on social media.
“We will stay until it’s over or move to another location with other activists,” stated Dee, 25, certainly one of a number of dozen protesters at Asok, one of many busiest interchanges in Bangkok.
Hundreds gathered on the Victory Monument, nearly 5 kilometres (three miles) away.
Protesters at Asok put up handwritten notices on the shuttered station that learn “Does licking the boots of the dictator taste good?”.
Just a few police officers gathered on the opposite aspect of the interchange however didn’t instantly intervene.
“We are committed to maintaining peace and order. In order to do so we are bound by laws, international standards and human rights,” police spokesman Kissana Phathanacharoen informed a information convention.
The authorities banned demonstrations in Bangkok on Thursday [Sakchai Lalit/AP]Protesters say Prayuth engineered final 12 months’s election to maintain the ability he seized in a 2014 coup – an accusation he denies.
The demonstrations have additionally change into extra brazenly important of King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s monarchy, breaking a long-standing taboo, demanding curbs to its powers regardless of potential jail phrases of up 15 years for anybody insulting the king.
The Royal Palace has made no touch upon the protests however the king has stated Thailand wanted individuals who love the nation and the monarchy.
The authorities banned demonstrations in Bangkok on Thursday.
During demonstrations by tens of hundreds of individuals at a number of factors throughout Bangkok on Saturday, protesters painted a flag on the highway with “Republic of Thailand” written throughout it. The writing was painted out in a single day.
Across Thailand, demonstrations have been being organised in at the least 19 different provinces on Sunday.
Solidarity protests have been additionally being held or deliberate in Taiwan, Denmark, Sweden, France, the United States and Canada.