A group of approximately 200 people gathered to protest in Bangkok outside the army headquarters on Monday, July 20. According to media sources, demonstrators rallied against the army reportedly accusing them of wasting taxpayers' money on defense spending and also called for the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. The demonstration comes after a large rally was held in Bangkok on Saturday, July 18, which saw 2500 people gather to demand the government dissolve parliament and steps down. Reports suggest that minor scuffles occurred between protesters and police, as demonstrators blocked roads and broke through barricades which had been erected. Smaller associated protests were also held at Tha Pae Gate in Chiang Mai and at the City Pillar Shrine in Ubon Ratchathani on Sunday, July 19. The rallies were held despite the strict prohibition on gatherings during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.
Further protests and associated disruptions are possible in the near term.
Individuals in Bangkok are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid any protest or demonstration as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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