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18 Nov 2020 | 04:54 AM UTC

Pro-democracy activists call for protest in Bangkok November 18

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Pro-democracy activists call for protest in Bangkok on November 18; avoid protests as a precaution

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/18/2020, 12:00 AM until 11/19/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Bangkok). COUNTRY/REGION Bangkok

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Event

Pro-democracy activists have called for a rally in Bangkok on Wednesday, November 18. Participants will gather at Bangkok's Ratchaprasong Intersection from 16:00 (local time) and other smaller protests are also possible around the capital. Both royalist and pro-democracy demonstrators are expected to gather outside the Parliament.

The plan for further rallies comes after clashes between anti-government protesters and police in Bangkok on Tuesday, November 17, resulted in at least 55 injuries.

Further associated demonstrations should be anticipated, especially in the vicinity of the Parliament, and other areas of the capital in the near term. A heightened security presence is expected in the vicinity of all demonstrations and clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out.

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 months. Counter protests have also been held, particularly in support of the monarchy.

Advice

Individuals in Bangkok are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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