Sunday was the biggest political protest in Thailand since 2014, which was attended by roughly 10,000 demonstrators.
They demanded reform of the government, as per a CNN report.
Protesters, most notably the youths, have been disgruntled even before March 2019 when the retired Royal Thai Army General Prayut Chan-o-cha extended his rule as a Prime Minister for four more years.
The Surfacing Of Social Reform
Activists claim that Prayut unfairly holds on to position unjustly after his junta arranged last year’s election rules, Reuters reported.
Some students also object to the obedience-and-tradition-centered school system.
Prajak Kongkirati of Thammasat University in Bangkok declares that:
“Students see politics,” reflected in “school life.”
Thai politics is devoid of “democracy” and composed of “ many highly authoritarian elements,” said the Thammasat University political scientist.
Feast your eyes on the start of “a social revolution.” added Prajak Kongkirat.
Exercising Constitutional Rights
I am in high spirits seeing lots of “people turned out to join” today’s demonstration, said Arnon Nampa, a human rights lawyer and one of the protest’s leaders, as per CNN.
On August 7th, Nampa was taken into custody for sedition charges relating to another protest.
Nampa was released “on bail,” provided that he “won’t repeat” the same malefaction.
“But it doesn’t mean I can’t make use of “my rights under the constitution,” the protest leader added.
Students Wearing #WhiteRibbonAgainstDictatorship and Raising #ThreeFingersForNationalAnthem
A Reuters report detailed that high schoolers from more than a dozen schools showed their support for the anti-government demonstrators.
The pupils raised the very well-recognized “Hunger Games” three-fingered salute during Tuesday’s national anthem.
#WhiteRibbonAgainstDictatorship was used almost a million times and flooded Twitter while #ThreeFingersForNationalAnthem followed behind.
The high schoolers were planning more protests on Wednesday, and the Ministry of Education won’t be spared.
Thais Have Had It!
CNN reports that the protesters have been spurred by for a whole heap of reasons:
- The military’s hold on power
- The prolonged COVID-19 state of emergency
- The plunging economy with little job prospects
- The disappearance of activists living in exile
On Sunday, Free People, a coalition of student groups that organized protests, demanded military coups to be stopped.
Did It Fall On The Prime Minister’s Deaf Ear?
ASIAN Nikkei reports that Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, has paid no heed to the demands made by the protesters on Sunday.
Prayut said that the government had to follow protocols.
The Prime Minister also told reporters on a media meeting that he was willing to listen to the students, but doubtful of the motives of some.