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05 Sep 2020 | 02:24 PM UTC

Thailand: Protesters gather in Bangkok to demand education reform September 5 /update 6

Thailand News Alert

Student protesters gather in front Ministry of Education to demand education reforms on September 5; further unrest possible over the near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/5/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/6/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Bangkok). COUNTRY/REGION Bangkok

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Event

Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of Bangkok's Ministry of Education on Saturday, September 5, to demand education reforms. The demonstration passed peacefully, and there were no reports of any arrests.

Further protests are expected over the near term, and a heightened security presence and localized transport 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. Protests organized by student groups have since been occurring in Bangkok on a near-daily basis.

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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