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Thai police say two men will be charged with attempted violence against the Queen, carrying a death sentence, after an incident in which her motorcade was heckled
(Bloomberg) - Anti-government protesters plan to defy a ban on rallies in the Thai capital for a third day and hold rallies across the country, stepping up a three-month-old push for reform of the monarchy and greater democracy Pro-democracy protesters will return to stage a demonstration
(Bloomberg) - Anti-government protesters plan to defy a ban on rallies in the Thai capital for a third day and hold rallies across the country, stepping up a three-month-old push for reform of the monarchy and greater democracy Pro-democracy protesters will return to stage a demonstration
(Bloomberg) - Anti-government protesters plan to defy a ban on rallies in the Thai capital for a third day and hold rallies across the country, stepping up a three-month-old push for reform of the monarchy and greater democracy Pro-democracy protesters will return to stage a protest in Bangkok later in the day after tens of thousands of them challenged an emergency declared Thursday by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha to quell escalation of protests Parit Chiwarak, arrested Wednesday at the protest near the prime minister's office, urged his supporters to "continue organizing protests" until their demands are metProtesters shouting "Prayuth get out" occupied the Ratchaprasong intersection in the middle of Bangkok's main shopping district for several hours on Thursday, demanding the release of leaders arrested by police in a morning raid Crowds swelled throughout the evening before dispersing around 10 p.m. Large crowd says protests are unlikely to abate despite arrest of key leaders and government decision to ban gatherings of five or more people Growing protests have weighed on the country's currency and stocks, with foreign investors turning net sellers of $ 10 billion so far this year As the baht heads for the first weekly loss in three, the benchmark SET shares slipped 24% in past two sessions "We believe the baht will likely underperform its regional peers in the near term, given the ongoing protests," said Irene Cheung, currency strategist at Australia & New Zealand Banking Group in Singapore The protests, initially led mostly by students, broke taboos on public criticism of the royal family, which sits at the top of power in Thailand Protesters questioned taxpayer funds earmarked for royal affairs as well as laws that stifle debate over the monarchy Thursday night's protest came a day after tens of thousands of protesters crossed police lines during a march to Government House, Prayuth's office, in an escalation of movement that began in early July Some protesters greeted with three fingers - a symbol of the protests - a procession of Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana, who smiled at them and waved at themAmong those arrested were Arnon Nampa and Parit, according to the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights Parit had written a statement calling for reform of the monarchy with 10 demands, including banning the king from approving any coup and repealing laws that criminalize insults against King Maha Vajiralongkorn and key members of the royal familyParit on Friday called on his supporters to organize protests in "several places around Bangkok and in every province" of the country. In a letter from his prison, he told activists not to stay overnight so the group can be more flexible in organizing daily protests.The site of Thursday night's protests, outside the Central World shopping center, was the scene of protests in 2010 that ended in a demining operation in which dozens were killed Protests also took place in Hat Yai, Songkhla in southern Thailand and Chiang Mai, according to local media.Protesters are also calling for the resignation of Prayuth, a former army chief who staged a coup in 2014 They are pushing to rewrite the constitution drafted by an army-appointed panel who helped him stay after last year's elections The government said it was open to changes in some areas, but a constitutional rewrite process was delayed in parliament Prayuth said the government was ready to open public forums for them. protesters "but everything must be done within the framework of the law" The majority will have to listen to the minority, and the minority will also have to respect different opinions, "he said in a statementA special cabinet meeting on Friday is expected to approve the emergency decree The latest measures add to a national emergency in place since the end of March to deal with the Covid-19 epidemic, which allows the government to enforce mandatory quarantines and streamline disease control plans without multiple approvalsThe protests have gathered momentum amid the worst economic crisis facing the tourism and commerce dependent nation, which has adopted a $ 60 billion stimulus to tackle the crisis caused by the pandemic The emergency could also undermine the government's plan to gradually reopen tourism to foreign visitors from this month."The state of emergency is likely to fuel the movement that is already gaining momentum," said Punchada Sirivunnabood, associate professor of politics at Mahidol University near Bangkok “The protesters will likely continue their movement because they are unhappy that the government is not listening to their demand” (Recast throughout) For more posts like this, please visit us at bloombergSubscribe now to stay informed Head with the most trusted source of business news © 2020 Bloomberg LP
Protests rekindle fears of unrest in a country that suffered a decade of street violence between establishment supporters and opponents before the 2014 coup
Protests rekindle fears of unrest in a country that suffered a decade of street violence between establishment supporters and opponents before the 2014 coup
Protests rekindle fears of unrest in a country that suffered a decade of street violence between establishment supporters and opponents before the 2014 coup
Protests rekindle fears of unrest in a country that suffered a decade of street violence between establishment supporters and opponents before the 2014 coup
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