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Pro-democracy groups vow to intensify rallies in 2021, aim for 2 million protesters a day

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Pro-democracy activists have pledged to continue and increase their protest action this year, aiming for 2 million protesters a day. The Bangkok Post reports that protest leader Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, aka “Rung”, confirmed the intention yesterday, a day after 4 fellow activists were denied bail by the Criminal Court in Bangkok. Around 1,000 protesters gathered at the Pathumwan intersection in the capital calling for the release of Anon Nampa, Parit Chiwarak, Patiwat Saraiyaem, and Somyot Prueksakasemsuk.

They also reiterated the 3 key demands they’ve been pushing for since anti-government protests began in July 2020: the resignation of the PM, Prayut Chan-o-cha, a re-write of the Constitution, and reform of the Monarchy.

Protesters booed police officers and beat pots and pans, in a nod to a Burmese belief that banging pots will dispel evil spirits. Prominent pro-democracy activist Panupong Jadnok said the pots were empty to reflect the fact that many people are now so poor they can’t afford rice. The protest started at 4pm, with participants marching to Pathumwan police station at around 7.30pm to demand the release of the 4 detained activists. Around an hour later, 3 loud bangs were heard behind the police station, but there were no reports of injuries.

There were 10 arrests, including 2 minors who were released on bail of 5,000 baht each. A teargas cannister was also recovered at the scene. Protesters dispersed around 9pm.

Police spokesman Kissana Phathanacharoen says 5 companies of officers were on site to oversee the protest, with water cannons on standby in the event that things escalated. He also pointed out that such gatherings remain illegal during the Emergency Decree.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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22 Comments

22 Comments

  1. Issan John

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 10:03 am

    2 million a day? Rather unlikely.

    • Gosport

      Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 10:24 am

      They need to improve math ability to count.

  2. Slugger

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 10:23 am

    Only 1,999,000 to go then. Good job nobody brought full pots. It could have become rather messy.

  3. Issan John

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 10:53 am

    It doesn’t really matter which side of the political spectrum you’re on or if you promise to deliver two million protesters or two million vaccinations – if you fail to deliver even one percent of that, it makes you look a bit of a prat.

  4. Stardust

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Sanctions on the way, the world doesn’t accept anymore dictators!

    • Peter Nielsen

      Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 11:42 am

      I wish you are right…

  5. Peter Nielsen

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 11:41 am

    Only 1000 protesters… Should be a lot more. The lockdowns are unreasonable, illogical, devastating. I really hope they can put more pressure on the current government. The virus is very peaceful, but the costs of the lockdown is so severe!

    • Issan John

      Friday, February 12, 2021 at 12:42 am

      Sorry to break it to you, Peter N, but they’re not protesting about the “lockdown”.

      Nobody here is.

      Nobody here ever has.

  6. Stardust

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 12:36 pm

    Thailand and Myanmar is joining the club with North Korea. UN USA European Union and the world is ready. By the way France sent their nuclear submarines already to the south china sea and backed by the eu and Nato, also allied with the Indo Pacific alliance (Japan, Australia,Canada, UK, India etc). Everything is on the radar and with most powerful forces of the world!

  7. Issan John

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    What an absolute bunch of balls, Stardust.

    France sent one nuclear sub with a support ship to patrol its own economic zones in the area and to support right of passage.

    … and there’s no such thing as the “Indo Pacific alliance” and never has been. The closest there’s ever been to any “alliance” like that was SEATO and that ended in 1977 as a dismal failure.

    • Stardust

      Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 4:14 pm

      @issan john by the way the fleet from france is in the south china see not like you said in your fake news comment! The uk is sending their aircraft carrier and destroyer fleet inclusive submarines and joined the indo pacific alliance and will also have traings together with japan. You should stop spreading fake infos!

      • Issan John

        Friday, February 12, 2021 at 12:39 am

        FWIW, Stardust, I gave the full itinerary for the “fleet from france”, all unclassified, and the “traings” they’ve already done with Japan, but for some reason the Thaiger blocked it.

        Suffice to say, you’re clueless … or should that be “glueless”? 😮

    • Chef

      Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 8:52 am

      Sorry John. There is a indo pacific deal. Basic look at pivot to asia under obama. Reason massive drills every year. Usa japan uk and more. You can look back to dec 2020 Quad pack india japan australia and usa to confront china on the ocean.

  8. Ian

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 3:38 pm

    Doesnt matter if its 200 or 2 million the world is watching now the protests have been on every news in the world and the world as awoken to this dictatorship .along with myanmar the people will be freed and these dictatorships brought down

  9. Stardust

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 4:08 pm

    @issan john like everytime you have no glue, everybody who reads your commentsknows already you only spreading fake news. Talk to people who already in trainings there in the indo pacific alliance! Thats a fact and not fake infos like your nonsens.

    • Issan John

      Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 7:42 pm

      Sorry, Stardust, there is no “indo pacific alliance”, it doesn’t exist, and the “people who already in trainings there” have already left!

  10. Stardust

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    @issan john by the way the fleet from france is in the south china see not like you said in your fake news comment! The uk is sending their aircraft carrier and destroyer fleet inclusive submarines and joined the indo pacific alliance and will also have traings together with japan. You should stop spreading fake infos!

    • Issan John

      Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 8:03 pm

      Sorry, Stardust, “the fleet from france” isn’t “in the south china see” any more – it’s just left.

      It really has!

      … and the UK’s sending a Strike Group (Carrier Strike 21) including HMS Queen Elizabeth once the leaks have been repaired, so it won’t be for a while – probably May – with two Type 45 destroyers from Portsmouth, a couple of Type 23 frigates, RFA tankers and support vessels and a submarine (only one).

      … not a “destroyer fleet”.

      … and there really isn’t an “indo pacific alliance”. There really isn’t!

      • EdwardV

        Friday, February 12, 2021 at 6:33 am

        To be fair, the destroyer USS Sullivans and a squadron of USMC F-35s will be along for the entire trip. I wouldn’t be surprise if a ship or two joins the strike group. Either one from NATO (last time out they had a ship from the Netherlands), or an Aussie one once they clear the straight of Malacca. No doubt they will meet up with a US carrier group once in the south China sea for exercises (and plenty of photos).

  11. Bill

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    Lock em all up. They aren’t gonna social distance!

  12. sam

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 12:37 am

    It should be 6 millions(voters for disbanded Future Forward Party)and all of them will be using Boys Scouts “3 Fingers Salute” ala Hunger Games to make 10 idealistic demands that can never be met. They will continue to protest until they run out of steam or funds from interested perties with financial muscle.

  13. Mister Stretch

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 7:51 am

    2m a day?

    Well, they’ve learned one thing from the establishment, how to lie and have unreasonable expectations.

    That is of course if the BP can be relied on to tell the truth from an unnamed source.

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