A pro-government rally organised by a right-wing group, Archeewa Chuai Chart, is expected to be held on Thursday, July 30, at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok. Reports indicate that the group will stage the demonstration to support the government in the wake of anti-government protests in recent weeks by student activists. According to media sources, the group has previously criticized both the Student Union of Thailand and the Free Youth group who have demonstrated against the government, demanding it dissolves parliament, rewrites the constitution, and stops using allegedly oppressive laws against political opponents.
Several anti-government demonstrations have also been planned in Bangkok on Thursday. From 16:00 (local time) anti-government supporters are expected to gather at King Taksin Monument and at 16:30 at King Monkut's University of Technology in north Bangkok. Media sources also report that an anti-government protest will be held at the Document Monument coinciding with the planned pro-government rally, though the timings were not immediately available.
Further protests and associated disruptions are possible in the near term. A heightened security presence should be anticipated in the vicinity of demonstration sites.
Recent demonstrations, both pro-government and anti-government, have passed off peacefully. 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. Counter pro-democracy protests have also been held.
Those in Bangkok are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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