A pro-royalist demonstration is scheduled to take place in Bangkok on Tuesday, November 17. Participants are expected to gather at approximately 09:00 (local time) at the Kiakkai intersection near the New Parliament House. A counter-demonstration will reportedly be held in the same area at around 15:00. The demonstrations are expected to be well attended.
A heightened security presence and associated disruptions to transportation are likely in the vicinity of the gathering.
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 months. 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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