Rival political activist groups plan to demonstrate nationwide between Friday, September 25, and October 4. Pro-democracy groups have been gathering to denounce the current government's alleged undemocratic policies and are demanding political reforms. Some have also criticized the undemocratic nature of the monarchy and called for reforms. Government supporters, conversely, have accused pro-democracy supporters of undermining state institutions, including the monarchy. Organizers of the rallies have released the following schedule for gatherings (local time):
• September 25: Pro-democracy gathering at the Bodindecha (Sing Singhaseni) School in Bangkok from 16:00.
• September 25: Pro-democracy protest at the Three Kings Monument in Chiang Mai from 16:00.
• September 27: Pro-democracy protest at Thanarak Anusorn Public Park in Khon Kaen from 17:00.
A heightened security presence and localized disruptions to transport are to be expected in the vicinity of the demonstrations.
Public opposition has grown against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's 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.
On August 8, student groups officially launched the Free People group, which has grown out of the previous Free Youth movement responsible for much of the recent protest activity. On August 16, 10,000 people took part in a demonstration organized by the group in Bangkok, one of the largest protests to be held since the coup in 2014. At least ten people were arrested by police. Protests organized by student groups have since been occurring in Bangkok on a near-daily basis.
Those in Thailand are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid all protests or demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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