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Hundreds protest in Thailand demanding new authorities & monarchy reform (VIDEOS)

Thousands protest in Thailand demanding new government & monarchy reform (VIDEOS)

Bangkok has seen its greatest rally in years, as virtually 20,000 gathered outdoors the Grand Palace to name for the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and the limiting of King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s powers.

Saturday’s motion is the most important because the day Prayuth got here to energy throughout a navy coup six years in the past, which additionally noticed 1000’s on the streets.

Folks in Thailand have been taking to the streets since mid-July, calling for the sacking of the federal government, a brand new election and constitutional adjustments. 

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However the present protests are additionally focusing on the king, one thing which has all the time been taboo within the nation.

The coed-led demonstrators are pushing for a legislation banning criticism of the monarch to be scrapped, a discount of spending by the royal household, and limitations on the king’s powers to manage funds and navy items.

The march on Saturday kicked off on the campus of Thammasat College – a standard opposition hotbed – with individuals making their option to the Royal Subject outdoors the Grand Palace.

Police stated round 18,000 confirmed as much as the demonstrations, though the organizers declare there have been about 50,000 individuals in attendance. Both approach, there have been nonetheless sufficient current to make this the nation’s largest protest since 2014.

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“I hope these in energy will see the significance of the individuals,” pupil chief Panupong Jadnok stated from the stage, Reuters reported.

“We’re preventing to place the monarchy in the suitable place, to not abolish it,” Jadnok clarified, as the group chanted: “Down with feudalism, lengthy dwell the individuals.”

The protesters stated they meant to remain outdoors the Grand Palace in a single day and head out to Authorities Home on Sunday morning.

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“Folks can protest, however they need to do this peacefully and inside the legislation,” a authorities spokesman stated. Prayuth has beforehand made it clear that reform of the monarchy is out of query.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn himself was not in Thailand in the course of the protests, as he has principally stayed in Europe after ascending to the throne in 2016.

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