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Students at Khon Kaen university gather to protest police violence at Bangkok rally

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A water cannon being used to hold back protesters in Bangkok yesterday. PHOTO: Facebook / เยาวชนปลดแอก - Free YOUTH

Students at Khon Kaen University, in the north-east of the country, held a rally last night to protest police violence against pro-democracy activists in Bangkok. The Bangkok Post reports that around 50 students came together at around 7pm, to protest the use of tear gas and high-powered water cannons in an effort to stop anti-government activists reaching the Parliament building.

Protest leader Thanapon Doemthamram addressed the crowd, condemning the alleged bias in how police treated rival factions. He says yellow-shirt royalist protesters were treated more fairly than anti-government activists, who were violently pushed back.

The students also reiterated their 3 demands. The first is the resignation of PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, and the election of a new PM, who must be a politician and not someone nominated by senators.

The second is the formation of a committee to draft a totally new Thai constitution, under the direction of a new government, under the new PM. The new charter should include reforms to the Monarchy as per the demands of the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration.

The third demand is for Parliament to be dissolved once the constitution is completed and for fresh elections to be held.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Gosport

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    wow, it is pity to ruin that beautiful university, I still remember the dancers in Sofitel. What a wonderful night.

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    AI

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    The genie os out of the bottle and not going to go back until there is serious change. The serpents at the top of the current pile (along with most good Thai people) know this.
    This same bunch of vipers will be mentioned in the history books as the cause of one of the worst periods ever.
    They won’t relent and give it up and the whole charade must be beyond enriching themselves or fame.
    Who was it that said that ‘power is the greatest aphrodisiac?’

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    ME, I think I said it, although I might have read it somewhere,
    Anyway, I repeat my previous question: Has any royalist been arrested for anything?
    If not, they are working for the government.

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    So the three demands (in KK)
    are now the PM, a new constitution, and new elections?

    Nothing about the monarchy, unlike Bkk?

    Oh well …..

    (at least no one, apart from the farangs here, has mentioned the economy!)

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    Noneya Binizz

    Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 2:42 am

    Issan john

    You should really try reading before you post.

    They do mention reform of the monarchy in case you are not that good at reading English

    You should step away from the keyboard now, and go outside and play with your buffalo in the rice paddy

    And maybe invite prayut to join you for a nice afternoon bubble tea.

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