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14 Jan 2021 | 12:38 AM UTC

Thailand: Pro-democracy protest to take place at Thanyaburi Provincial Court in Pathum Thani from 0800 Jan. 14

Thailand News Alert

Pro-democracy activists to rally at Thanyaburi Provincial Court in Pathum Thani, Thailand, from 0800 Jan. 14. Tight security almost certain.

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/14/2021, 12:38 AM until 1/14/2021, 1:00 PM (UTC). COUNTRY/REGION Bangkok

Event

Pro-democracy activists plan to gather at Thanyaburi Provincial Court in Pathum Thani, from 0800 Jan. 14. Hundreds to thousands of people could participate in the rally; the student group United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration promoted the action, likely boosting participation.

Authorities will almost certainly heighten security, including erecting roadblocks and security cordons, near the demonstration site. Localized transport and business disruptions are possible, especially if activists occupy nearby roads. Officials may close nearby train stations to facilitate security measures. Pro-government groups may stage counterprotests near the site. Police will probably disperse demonstrators if they attempt to bypass security cordons. Clashes between rival groups, as well as between protesters and security personnel, are possible. Mass arrests may occur if security forces consider any demonstrators to violate coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions, lese majeste laws that ban alleged insults against the monarchy, or requirements for public gathering permits.

Pathum Thani is around 38 km (24 miles) north-northeast of Bangkok.

Context

Royalist and pro-democracy activists have staged multiple rival demonstrations in Bangkok and other cities nationwide since July. Pro-democracy groups are denouncing the current government's alleged non-democratic policies and are demanding political reforms, such as rewriting the constitution and Prayuth's resignation. However, royalist groups claim that pro-democracy agendas undermine the monarchy and state institutions and have demonstrated against actions or organizations that they deem are disrespectful of the monarchy.

Advice

Avoid the Thanyaburi Provincial Court and the surrounding area Jan. 14 due to increased security measures and possible clashes. Seek updated information on any possible counterrallies from local sources, as organizers may not announce details in advance. Plan for localized transport disruptions. If violence occurs nearby, immediately leave the area and seek shelter in a non-government building. Heed all official traffic and security advisories.

 

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