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21 Nov 2020 | 06:24 AM UTC

Thailand: Protesters to gather in Bangkok November 21

Thailand News Alert

Pro-democracy protesters to gather in Bangkok on November 21; avoid protests as a precaution

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/21/2020, 12:00 AM until 11/22/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Bangkok). COUNTRY/REGION Bangkok

Event

Pro-democracy protesters plan to gather in Bangkok on Saturday, November 21. Participants will gather at Bangkok's Ratchaprasong Intersection in the afternoon and other smaller protests are also possible around the capital. The protest is expected to be well-attended with heavy police presence. Royalist protesters may also gather in the city for counter demonstrations on Saturday.

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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