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23 Aug 2020 | 11:43 PM UTC

Thailand: Anti-government demonstrators gather in Bangkok August 23 /update 4

Thailand News Alert

Anti-government demonstrators gather in Bangkok on August 23; further unrest possible

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/23/2020, 12:00 AM until 8/25/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Bangkok). COUNTRY/REGION Bangkok

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Event

Anti-government demonstrators gathered in Bangkok on Sunday, August 23, to demand the government end its perceived heavy-handed approach to protesters and to call for the dissolution of parliament and the creation of a new constitution. Protesters gathered in the vicinity of Bangkok City Hall amid an increased security presence.

Further protests are expected over the near term. A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are likely in the vicinity of any protests.

Context

Public opposition has grown against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's over government spending, the dissolution of an opposition party, and many other factors. Activists have also called for reforms to the powers of the monarchy. Protests on an increasing scale have been held in Bangkok and other locations across Thailand in recent weeks. Counter protests have also been held, particularly in support of the monarchy.

On August 8, student groups officially launched the Free People group, which has grown out of the previous Free Youth movement responsible for much of the recent protest activity. On August 16, 10,000 people took part in a demonstration organized by the group in Bangkok, one of the largest protests to be held since the coup in 2014. At least ten people were arrested by police.

Advice

Those in Bangkok and across Thailand are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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