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30 Mar 2019 | 11:55 AM UTC

Thailand: Election protest planned in Bangkok March 31 /update 6

Thailand News Alert

Democracy activists plan demonstration on March 31 at Victory Monument in Bangkok to protest Electoral Commission delays; localized disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/24/2019, 1:00 AM until 3/24/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Bangkok). COUNTRY/REGION Thailand, Bangkok

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Event

Demonstrators will gather at the Victory Monument in Bangkok on Sunday, March 31 at 17:00 (local time) to protest delays in the election results. Attendees will meet at the Victory Monument Skywalk, though crowded conditions and localized traffic disruptions are still expected. Protesters are calling for more transparency from the Electoral Commission and for full election results and tallies to be released. The military has criticized the planned protest. A heightened security presence and localized disruptions, including increased traffic and public transportation congestion, are expected during the event.

Context

Thailand held general elections on March 24, the first elections since a military junta took power in a 2014 coup. Preliminary results were released on March 25 with the former civilian ruling party, Pheu Thai, winning the largest number of parliamentary districts, though full results have not been released and the makeup of parliament is not known. Allegation of irregularities and the delay in releasing full results have led to further criticism by opponents of the military government.

Advice

Individuals in Bangkok and other cities in Thailand are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution, and anticipate a heightened security presence and localized disruptions in the vicinity of any protests.

 

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