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19 oct. 2020 | 11h18 UTC

Thailand: Anti-government protesters to gather in Bangkok October 19 /update 6

Thailand Alerte de sécurité

Anti-government protesters to gather in Bangkok despite emergency decree on October 19; avoid all protests

TIMEFRAME expected from 19/10/2020, 12h00 until 22/10/2020, 11h59 (Asia/Bangkok). COUNTRY/REGION Thailand

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Event

Anti-government protesters are scheduled to gather in Bangkok on Monday, October 19, as defiance of an emergency decree banning demonstrations within the capital continues. Protest groups have called for participants to gather outside of the Ministry of Public Health Station on the MRT mass transit system, at Bangkok Remand Prison, and Kaset intersection.

Previous anti-government demonstrations have involved clashes between protesters and police since the introduction of the emergency decree. Authorities have also previously ordered the closing of parts of the mass transit system prior to protests. A heightened security presence should be expected in the vicinity of protests and associated disruptions are likely.

Context

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.

Thailand's cabinet approved a 30-day state of emergency in Bangkok on Friday, October 16, following the emergency decree announced on Thursday, October 15, due to large-scale demonstrations denouncing the government, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha and calling for reforms to the monarchy. Emergency measures ban gatherings of more than five people within the city and prohibit the publication of news or dissemination of online messages which could "create fear". The Prime Minister has warned that a nightly curfew may be introduced if unrest continues. On Friday, October 16, police used water cannon to disperse thousands of protesters who had gathered in the Pathumwan area in defiance of the decree. Prior to protests within the city on Saturday, October 17, the entire BTS Skytrain system and the MRT Blue and Purple Lines of Bangkok's mass transit system were closed. Police have stated that they are currently investigating four domestic media outlets for their coverage of the protests.

Advice

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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