Anti-government protesters have announced plans to hold a demonstration in central Bangkok on Wednesday, September 14. Demonstrators are expected to gather near the Grand Palace and march to Government House, which they intend to surround. Organizers stated that the protesters are to camp out near Government House until the weekend and that Wednesday's march would be the largest to date. The protesters are to demand reforms to the monarchy as well as the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his government. The march is expected to intercept a royal motorcade, with King Vajiralongkorn reportedly planning on using part of the protest route to attend a nearby event. Protesters are to give the motorcade a three-finger salute, the symbol of the protest movement. The protest is likely to be well attended, as it coincides with the start of a general strike.
A heightened security presence is likely in the vicinity of the protest, with associated disruptions to transportation and business over the near term.
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.
Those in Bangkok are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid protests or demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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