The Metropolitan Police Bureau has advised motorists to avoid roads around the Sappaya-Sapasathan building, which houses the National Assembly, on Thursday, September 24, due to an anti-government rally taking place there in the afternoon. The Free Youth group and other anti-government groups plan to rally in front of the assembly between 14:00 and 22:00 (local time) as a meeting to amend the constitution is taking place inside.
Although the rally is predicted to pass off peacefully, a heightened security presence is expected in the vicinity. Further anti- and pro-government demonstrations are planned in Bangkok and other cities in 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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