Pro-government demonstrators are set to gather outside the parliament building in Bangkok from 09:00 (local time) on Wednesday, September 23. Conversely, pro-democracy rallies are scheduled to take place in Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen on Friday, September 25, and Sunday, September 27, respectively. The pro-democracy demonstrations are taking place as part of ongoing opposition towards the government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, as well as calls for reforms to the monarchy. In Chiang Mai, demonstrators will reportedly gather from 16:00 at the Three Kings Monument, and in Khon Kaen participants will reportedly gather in Thanarak Anusorn Public Park from 17:00.
A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are to be expected in the vicinity of the protest sites. Clashes between rival groups and between demonstrators and security forces cannot be ruled out. Continued protests are expected over the coming days.
Public opposition has grown against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha 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 months. Counter protests have also been held, particularly in support of the monarchy.
Those in Thailand are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid all protests or demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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