Hundreds of protesters rallied in Pathum Thani province on Thursday, July 23, to demand the government resigns and dissolves parliament. The demonstration was organized by a network of student groups called "Free Youth" in spite of restrictions on public gatherings due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The protest reportedly passed off peacefully as security forces opted not to act on the breaching of restrictions.
Similar demonstrations occurred in Ayutthaya, Khon Kaen, Sakon Nakhon, and Pattani provinces on Thursday, and further gatherings are also reportedly planned in Bangkok and other locations over the weekend.
Public opposition has grown against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's government in recent months, with grievances over government spending, the dissolution of an opposition party, and many other factors. Numerous protests have been held across Thailand in recent weeks, with the largest so far on Saturday, July 18, when around 2500 gathered in Bangkok to demand the government dissolve parliament and step down.
Individuals in Thailand 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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