søndag 19. juli 2020

Thousands of anti-government protesters rally in Thailand's capital

Several thousand anti-government protesters rallied in Thailand’s capital on Saturday to call for a new constitution, new elections and an end to repressive laws. Chanting and waving placards, the demonstrators, comprising mainly young Thais, converged on Bangkok’s iconic Democracy Monument in the old part of the city.

The demonstration, organised by the Liberation Youth group, was the biggest of its kind since the government announced a state of emergency in March to tackle the coronavirus. Protests against the government of former army chief Prayut Chan-o-cha had been drawing increasingly large crowds at the time, but tapered off quickly when several coronavirus clusters were confirmed and the emergency law was invoked. Lockdown measures and social distancing have since helped the government contain the spread of the virus, but it has retained emergency powers, which critics say it wields as a political weapon.