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Pathumwan intersection protest kicks off in defiance of police and government orders

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In the latest cat and mouse game between police and protesters, the students waited for Bangkok police to close down the Ratchaprasong intersection, the site of last evening’s rally, and then scheduled tonight’s rally at the nearby Pathumwan intersection instead, one of the busiest intersection in the city. The posted the switch of location at 4pm, after police had sealed off the intersection 800 metres away. The huge MBK media mall overlooks the intersection.

Already, as of 6.30pm, more than 10,000 people have gathered there in defiance of the State of Emergency announced by the government yesterday.

Once on location the protesters asked people using the skywalk overlooking the intersection to “Come on down” and join them. The National Stadium Skytrain station has been closed.

The new location was announced on the Free Youth Facebook page around 4pm this afternoon.

The protesters have been warned not to assemble as it would contravene the current State of Emergency announced early yesterday morning and endorsed by the Thai cabinet this afternoon. The PM has also warned protesters that he would announce a curfew if the protests didn’t stop organising the gatherings.

But for now the protesters have decided to push ahead with peaceful assemblies and continue their demands for the prime minister to resign, along with constitutional and parliamentary reforms. They’re also demanding that their fellow protesters are released from detention after up to 30 people, associated with the protests, have now been arrested.

Police have also repeated their warnings that people attending the rally will be arrested if they take part. The current State of Emergency prevents gatherings of more than 5 people.

The city’s premier shopping centres of Siam Paragon and Siam Discovery Centre, right next to the Pathumwan intersection, about 800 metres away on Ploenchit Road, closed mid afternoon because of the closure of the Ratchprason intersection.

 

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Freddy

    Friday, October 16, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    Power to the people!

  2. Toby Andrews

    Friday, October 16, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    They have done what I suggested, Just switched protest points. Are they reading my posts lol

  3. Michael

    Friday, October 16, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    10.000 protestors in a city with 7 million people. Sometimes I think that Thai people deserve this incompetent military dictator.

  4. Issan John

    Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 1:46 am

    … and you’ve risked decades in jail because you didn’t agree with your country’s government when, exactly?

    • Robert Bunker

      Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 11:59 am

      Very well said. I am lost in admiration frankly for these kids (and many were still in school uniform)

  5. Peter

    Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 1:51 am

    I very much doubt this will end well

    • Toby Andrews

      Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 1:16 pm

      For the government.

  6. Freedom Lover

    Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 6:33 am

    Down with Dictatorship! Restore Democracy! Abolish the M——y!

  7. wayne Drummond

    Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    10000 protestors from a city of 6.32 Million??? REALLY? So for the sake of the misinformation being issued by news media here and abroad:- http://web.nso.go.th/pop2000/table/eadv_tab1.pdf If the numbers were 20000 protestors it would account for no more than 0.316% of the Bangkok Population aged between 15 years and 29 Years. So is this a protest or a picnic? I would like to suggest a mandatory sentence be applied upon of all people who gather in violation of the rule of law, but mostly at the disgraceful and blatant disrespect and disregard for the 10 million inhabitants of one of the most visited cities on the planet and a totally non-existent media reporting headline story. . Risk of “death” from the worst pandemic to strike the planet in the modern age. Upon arrival at a demonstration each protestor should is required to discard any protective anti-covid masks they have upon them, and further that swift and immediate execution of any protestor who is found to be wearing said protective devises at any demonstration.

    • Nemo

      Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 2:35 am

      In Berlin there was a huge demonstration against the covid scam and you barely heard a peep out of the media or outright lies about its size. Media is typically tied at the hip with the government or elites who wish to exert control

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