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13 Nov 2020 | 06:24 AM UTC

Thailand: Pro-democracy protesters to gather in Bangkok November 14

Thailand News Alert

Pro-democracy protesters to gather in Bangkok on November 14; avoid all demonstrations as a precaution

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/13/2020, 12:00 AM until 11/15/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Bangkok). COUNTRY/REGION Bangkok

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Event

Pro-democracy protesters are planning to march on Saturday, November 14, in the capital Bangkok to denounce the current government's alleged non-democratic policies and demand political reforms, including the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. The exact timing of the gathering is unclear; however, protesters plan to march from the Ministry of Education to the Democracy Monument.

The protest will likely be well-attended. A heightened security presence should be anticipated in the vicinity of the march route. Counter-demonstrations are possible. Localized disruptions to business and transport are also likely.

Context

Public opposition has grown against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha 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.

Thailand's cabinet approved a 30-day state of emergency in Bangkok on October 16, following the emergency decree announced on October 15, due to large-scale demonstrations. Emergency measures banned gatherings of more than five people within the city and prohibited the publication of news or dissemination of online messages which could "create fear". The Prime Minister also warned that a nightly curfew may be introduced if unrest continues. On October 16, police used water cannon to disperse thousands of protesters who had gathered in the Pathumwan area in defiance of the decree. Prior to protests within the city on October 17, the entire BTS Skytrain system and the MRT Blue and Purple Lines of Bangkok's mass transit system were closed. Police have stated that they are currently investigating four domestic media outlets for their coverage of the protests.

On Thursday, October 22, the state of emergency in Bangkok was revoked as the Prime Minister attempts to de-escalate the situation, stating that he would lift the state of emergency in exchange for the protests remaining peaceful. A number of anti-government protesters who had been detained were also released on bail on Friday, October 23.

Advice

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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