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Chon Buri sees large anti-government rally

Jack Burton

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The eastern province of Chon Buri was the scene of a peaceful anti-government protest yesterday evening. The rally attracted a large crowd who afterward cleaned Bang Saen beach.

The demonstration comes on the heels of several larger protests in Bangkok and elsewhere this week, and was led by a group calling themselves the Youth Liberation Front. No official number of participants was announced but while estimates by organisers and law enforcement varied, the event was peaceful.

Police monitored the scene but did not interfere. Local officials were also present, but only to help control traffic and observe, ostensibly to ensure physical distancing and Covid-19 precautions were observed such as mask wearing and social distancing.

Organisers of the protest are made 3 demands which corresponded with the demands at protests in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Ubon:

  1. Dissolve Parliament
  2. Rewrite the Consitution
  3. Stop official and unofficial harassment and prosecution of protesters and activists.

Without giving details, protesters have said that if these demands aren’t met within a few weeks, they’ll step up the severity and intensity of protests.

After the rally the crowd went to Bang Saen beach were collected trash and cleaned the area, telling reporters they wanted to show they support the general community.

The government has repeatedly said that the recently extended Emergency Decree is not political and has nothing to do with protests. It removed a ban on public gatherings from the decree this week, but warned that political rallies must still follow public assembly laws. The Chon Buri provincial government gave no public statement on the rally or whether they felt any laws were broken.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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