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Protesters mass at the Ratchaprasong intersection in Bangkok for the first of 2 scheduled rallies

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Crowds are gathering at the Ratchprsong intersection in Bangkok, one of the promised locations for a rally in response to last night’s refusal of the Thai PM to resign. Thousands have already gathered and, if the weather holds out, the numbers will continue to swell as the evening approaches.

Ratchprasong intersection is one of the busiest intersections in the city, right in the middle of the central Bangkok shopping district.

People have crowded the roads at the intersection, with hundreds of onlookers watching from the skywalk that is strung under the BTS tracks. The crowd is building along Ratchdamri Road, in front of Central World. Banners are being prepared on site with demands for the Thai prime minister’s resignation and other calls for action. Some of the banners are being taken from protest to protest, becoming a canvas for thousands of protesters to share their signatures and messages to the Government.

Messages on one of the banners read “We are the people”, “Everyone is a leader”, “Thailand is for the people”, “Police should protect the people”.

Musical performances are planned for this evening as the peaceful rally slowly grows in number. People’s Party and Free Youth merchandise is also being sold, along with the usual assortment of food stalls along the sides of Ratchadamri Road.

Many of the protesters have also mentioned the prospect of pro-royalist protesters turning up but have expressed their hope that the protests to continue peacefully. At this stage, there has been no sign of yellow shirted demonstrators at the site.

There are very few police patrolling the intersection as of 4.45pm, outnumbered at this stage by opportunist motorcycle taxi riders waiting for the conclusion of the rally. First aid, food, safety gear and merchandise are all on hand, much of the assistance from University volunteers.

There has also been a smattering of foreign protesters joining the Thais, also flashing signs of support, in English.

Tomorrow protesters have promised to march from the Sam Ron intersection to the German Embassy, a symbolic march to draw attention to the chosen overseas domicile of a “very important person”.

Many of the key protest leaders remain in jail, refused bail yesterday by the Appeals Court. They are still in residence at the Bangkok Remand Centre

The State of Emergency, forbidding the gathering of any more than 5 people, was dropped last Thursday morning after being in operation for a week.

Some protesters today say they would have been happy to keep defying the State of Emergency and fear that the removal of the emergency provisions could draw out more Royalist rallies with the potential for violent interaction between the two groups.

 

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    WHADAWEWANT? $%&?%£@!!!!
    WENDUWEWANIT? NOW!!!

    ไม่ใช่พรุ่งนี้

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    Gosport

    Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    This is one is peaceful, I love that. Here I come with my colorful cart full of meat balls and spicy papaya salad with complement of icy water. Thriving in chaos, prosper in peace. My neighbor has made a fortune since August. I won’t miss the chance.

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    Jason

    Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    It is easy to see the growing unrest in Thailand and I laud absolutely the peaceful and resolute way in which the students have deported themselves. If there is a figure in history you could model your approach on, it would be Ghandi. Passive, non violent, non cooperation. It gave birth to the modern India. I do hope that you will leave the monarchy in place. Maybe a Constitutional Monarchy as many Commonwealth Countries have. It has served us well in my country and i think it would be pleasing to the spirit of your late King Bhumibol Aduladay. He only sought to serve Thailand as a noble King and see His Kingdom prosper in the world.

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      brian

      Monday, October 26, 2020 at 8:05 am

      Not Gandhi he was a racist and a pervert, they do not need to model themselves on anyone

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    Mark

    Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 6:36 pm

    Any foreigners who join these are idiots and deserve to be deported. It’s nothing to do with them. None of their business

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    Al

    Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    They must stay well away from where there will be any of those out there who wish to create a scene.
    Avoid, avoid, avoid. If that happens the presstitutes will be lined up to take photos/videos and plaster them all over the mainscream media.
    They must also watch out for agent provocateurs amongst their own ranks. ANYTHING to black ball them. These are ancient tactics and stay awake/aware of these people.
    Good luck Thai people and don’t get suckered into a trap. 😉

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