By Patpicha Tanakasempipat and Chayut Setboonsarng
BANGKOK (Reuters) – Lots of of Thai anti-government protesters demonstrated in Bangkok on Sunday, once more defying a ban on protests towards Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and the highly effective monarchy.
Demonstrations have continued regardless of the arrest of dozens of protesters and their leaders, the usage of water cannon and shutdowns on a lot of Bangkok’s metro rail system in a bid to quell over three months of road motion.
Protesters moved shortly from level to level, posting totally different websites for doable demonstrations on social media.
“We’ll keep till it is over or transfer to a different location with different activists,” stated Dee, 25, one in all a number of dozen protesters at Asok, one of many busiest interchanges in Bangkok. Lots of gathered on the Victory Monument, practically 5 km (3 miles)away by highway.
Protesters at Asok put up handwritten up notices on the shuttered station that learn “Does licking the boots of the dictator style good?” and different utilizing coarser language.
A number of police gathered on the opposite facet of the interchange however didn’t instantly intervene.
“We’re dedicated to take care of peace and order. So as to take action we’re certain by legal guidelines, worldwide requirements, human rights.” police spokesman Kissana Phathanacharoen informed a information convention.
Protesters say Prayuth engineered final yr’s election to maintain energy he seized in a 2014 coup – an accusation he denies.
The demonstrations have additionally change into extra overtly crucial of King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s monarchy, breaking a longstanding taboo, demanding curbs to its powers regardless of potential jail phrases of up 15 years for anybody insulting the king.
The Royal Palace has made no touch upon the protests however the king has stated Thailand wanted individuals who love the nation and the monarchy.
The federal government banned demonstrations in Bangkok on Thursday.
Throughout demonstrations by tens of 1000’s of individuals at a number of factors throughout Bangkok on Saturday, protesters painted a flag on the highway with “Republic of Thailand” written throughout it. The writing was painted out in a single day.
Throughout Thailand, demonstrations have been being organised in not less than 19 different provinces in solidarity on Sunday. Solidarity protests have been additionally being held or deliberate in Taiwan, Denmark, Sweden, France, the USA and Canada.
(Writing by Matthew Tostevin; Modifying by Raju Gopalakrishnan)
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