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25 Sep 2020 | 04:29 PM UTC

Thailand: Activists call for general strike October 14 /update 16

Thailand News Alert

Activists call for general strike on October 14; avoid possible associated demonstrations

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/25/2020, 12:00 AM until 10/15/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Bangkok). COUNTRY/REGION Thailand

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Event

Activists called for a general strike on October 14 to demand reforms to limit the power and budget of the royal family. Parit Chiwarak, a protest leader, called for the general strike on Sunday, September 20. Chiwarak also urged the public to withdraw their money from the Siam Commercial Bank in protest, due to King Maha Vajiralongkorn position as the bank's main shareholder. Associated protests will likely take place if the general strike occurs; however, no specific demonstrations have been confirmed for October 14.

A heightened security presence and localized disruptions to transport are to be expected in the vicinity of any associated demonstrations.

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.

Advice

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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