As anti-government protesters resume their street rallies today, the Prayut government is considering calling for an extraordinary parliamentary session to discuss ways out of the current political crisis.
Following are some of the major developments of the day:
Anti-government protesters plan to rally at three locations – Silpakorn University, Publich Health Ministry and Bangkok Remand Prison on Ngarm Wongwan Road where some of the protest leaders are being held.
Prime Minister Prayut has agreed to a call for an extraordinary parliamentary session to debate the ongoing conflicts. House Speaker Chuan Leekpai has also received consent from government and opposition MPs to go ahead with the session.
Authorities are considering action against four on-line me
Anti-government protesters, who gathered at the Victory Monument and Asoke intersection in Bangkok and started dispersing after 8pm today, claim that Thailand has a new protest model, which does not need a leader or rally stage.
Protest organizers declared that every protester is a “core” protester and anyone can address the crowd by just standing on a chair and speaking through a bull horn.
Besides the two large rallies at Victory Monument and Asoke intersection, each of which drew tens of thousands of people chanting for Prime Minister Prayut to step down, it appears that similar gatherings have started to take place in many provinces across Thailand, to the refrain of “Prayut Out” resonating nationwide.
Protesters are streaming to Bangkok’s Victory Monument and the Asoke intersection, on Sukhumvit Road, which have been chosen as Sunday’s two main protest venues by the Free Youth Movement, as it gave conflicting information on social media to confuse the police.
Police deployed detention vans and water trucks at Lat Phra intersection, in anticipation of the arrival of protesters, only to find that they had been duped as to the true locations of the protests today.
The protest organizers announced, at 4.17pm, that they would close the Asoke intersection with Sukhumvit Road to traffic, because there were already many protesters on site. They say that the protest at this location will end at 8pm.
A scene from Friday night’s police crackdown on the demonstrators at Pathumwan intersection
Anti-government protesters have called for another rally in Bangkok this evening only hours after police broke up a demonstration that paralyzed the commercial center at Pathumwan intersection last night.
In a statement this morning, the so-called “KhanaRatsadorn” condemned the violent crackdown on the demonstration that saw protesters sprayed with high-pressure
Police, backed by high pressure water jet trucks, move against protesters at Pathumwan intersection.
Anti-riot police, backed by high pressure water jet trucks, have dispersed a mass anti-government rally at Pathumwan intersection in the heart of Bangkok.
At least four police personnel and a protester reportedly suffered minor injuries in the operation which began at 6.30 pm and lasted more than hour.
Armed with shields and batons, the police charged the protesters who pushed back with barricades and projectiles. By 8.00 pm most of the protesters had dispersed but dozens remained defiant and continued to confront the crowd control police.
Four protest leaders were today held on remand in prisons in Chiang Mai and Pathum Thani provinces, after courts rejected their bail applications, at the request of the police, citing their previous records of involvement in protests and claims that their release would allow them to incite public unrest.
Human rights lawyer Anont Nampa and Praset Khrutharote,who were flown to Chiang Mai to be questioned by the police there, were escorted to the provincial prison to be held for 12 days.
In Tanyaburi district of Pathum Thani province, Ms. Panasaya“Rung” Sitthijirawattanakul and Nutchanon Pairote are being held in prison after the Tanyaburi court rejected their bail applications.
Another protest leader, Pai Daodin, was remanded to Bangkok Spec
Bangkok’s besieged Government House will be closed to all officials and reporters tomorrow, as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his deputies will work from elsewhere.
Government spokesman, Mr. Anucha Burapachaisri, said today that the Prime Minister will work temporarily at the Defence Ministry, where he will meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during his official visit to Thailand.
Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngarm’ s meeting with members of the National Reform Committee will take place at the office of the National Economic and Social Development Council.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan’s meeting, to follow up on the operations of the National Water Directorate, will be moved to the Office of the Nati
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