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Unsurprisingly, Thailand’s PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is dismissing calls for his resignation as protests continue to escalate and protesters defy bans to rally in the streets of Bangkok. Rally organisers have already announced that they will be massing again today from 4pm, rumoured to be at numerous BTS stations around the central capital area.

Out of a list of 10 key demands, one of them calls for the stepping down of PM Prayut.

The PM declared a state of emergency for Bangkok in the early hours of Thursday morning this week in response to the growing rallies being held by students who are, above all, demanding his resignation and reforms to the country’s constitutional monarchy.

Yesterday morning, before a cabinet meeting which would go on to endorse a 1 month State of Emergency in Bangkok, the PM said that “certain groups of perpetrators intended to instigate an untoward incident and movement in the Bangkok area by way of various methods and via different channels” (whatever that means), “including causing obstruction to the royal motorcade”.

He said he had no plans to resign as he had done nothing wrong.

“The government hopes it can drop the state of emergency ahead of its normal 30 day duration. If the situation improves quickly.”

Police, armed with riot gear, shields, batons and high-power water cannons with blue-dyed water containing a chemical irritant, charged at the crowd. The protesters lined up, armed with little more than a few broken barriers, plastic chairs and flimsy umbrellas. The police quickly dispersed the protesters and onlookers. Police claim that the blue dye was to mark protesters for possible later arrest. A member of the Thai media was also arrested and his Facebook live stream switched off as police ordered media to stop filming the crackdown. In the end several hundred live streams made their way onto global social media, some of them clocking up 500,000+ views already.

In addition to changes to the Thai charter, drafted by the military and voted in a 2017 referendum, the protestors are also seeking reform to the position and influence of the monarch. The Thai monarchy is also protected by strict “lese majeste” laws. If you break the laws you could serve a prison sentence of up to 15 years although HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn expressly asked the PM earlier this year not to prosecute the draconian laws.

Pro-democracy protesters shouted at a royal motorcade as it drove past crowds of protesters lining the road between the Democracy Monument and Government House on Wednesday. They held up the 3-finger salute, popularised in the Hunger Games movies and now adopted as a symbol of defiance and solidarity. There was no obstruction to Wednesday afternoon’s motorcade but PM Prayut has used perceived threats to the occupants of the Rolls Royce as part of his reasoning for introducing the State of Emergency.

Thai Lawyers for Human Rights claim at least 51 people have been arrested since Tuesday in connection with the protests. There will be more added to the last after last night.

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    Mongoose

    October 17, 2020 at 2:22 pm

    The prime minister is right he has done nothing.?

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      Ting Ting Tong

      October 17, 2020 at 2:51 pm

      Really, you must be correct.

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      Licka

      October 17, 2020 at 6:56 pm

      Really?????

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        TS

        October 18, 2020 at 12:29 pm

        dic’s new hair dye job is super realistic but he’s still gotta go-way overdue for a new elected gov in there.

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    Fabian

    October 17, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    Done nothing wrong? Very convincing. All the protesters can go home and back to their normal lives.

    Oh but wait.. how can it be that the Thai people are super angry with him now, if he didn’t do anything wrong?

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    James Pate

    October 17, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    Dear Uncle: Change from the heavy metal devil horns to the 3-finger salute and you’ll be sitting pretty.

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    Nipral

    October 17, 2020 at 3:20 pm

    Even worse : he has done nothing right !!!

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    RR

    October 17, 2020 at 3:27 pm

    He lives in another reality. Totally unfit for the role.

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    Political Observer

    October 17, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    He forcibly removed a Prime Minister who was elected by the will of the people. So what he has done wrong is subvert the will of the people. That is sedition.

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      Ynwaps

      October 18, 2020 at 11:21 am

      “The leader of the coup, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, is now the prime minister, elected by a parliamentary majority”

      Done everything right it seems haha

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        Keitg

        October 18, 2020 at 2:37 pm

        He was not elected. He was apointed by his cron8es

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    ProfPaulVC / U/NET US

    October 17, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    Country will get worse …once this high power PM leave !!
    Prof.PaulVC /Bkk /16/10/‘20

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    TS

    October 17, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    The folks dont want you as P.M., never did. But you’ve hung for eight years. Call it a career. Step down and retire with your loot. Monday. You know its right.

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    Sami

    October 17, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    His looks are enough to convince even a blind man that he has done nothing wrong

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    Mike

    October 17, 2020 at 5:08 pm

    Surely, military coups and election rigging are unconstitutional?

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    Maag

    October 17, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Our beloved PM is the father of the Nation , we all love him !
    ( 2D )

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      Licka

      October 17, 2020 at 6:57 pm

      You are blind

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      Licka

      October 17, 2020 at 7:02 pm

      Sad to hear that you love a dictator

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        Juner

        October 18, 2020 at 8:46 am

        Those protesters are modern communists wearing the face of Democrats and will become threat to the national security later. As i am a thai, I’ll protect the king and democracy with my life and by taking lifes if i have to

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    john chalkman

    October 17, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    Well apart from take over the country during a military coup and then fixing the election so his party couldn’t lose. oh and then arresting all those peaceful protestors who will now potentially face a long time in prison. Oh and operating those snatch squads in Cambodia who recently disappeared that activist – https://thethaiger.com/thai-life/people/former-miss-universe-thailand-speaks-up-on-missing-activist

    Apart from that.

    Nothing

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    Licka

    October 17, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    DID NOTHING WRONG !!!!
    RIGGED THE ELECTION TO STAY IN POWER
    ARRESTED PEOPLE FOR CONDUCTING A PEACEFUL PROTEST
    REMOVING PEOPLE WHO APPOSE HIS RULE, WHICH HE DID SO VIA HIS MILITARY ON THAI SOIL AND ABROAD
    HE IS JUST ANOTHER DICTATOR,
    YOU CAN PUT HIM ALONG SIDE,GADDAFI,HUSSAIN,HITLER AND EVERY OTHER MORON THAT WANTED TO PUSH IDEALS ONTO THE COMMON PEOPLE
    BEWARE THAILAND CHINESE RULE IS COMING

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      James

      October 17, 2020 at 10:32 pm

      Licka

      Yes, but apart from all of those things you listed he is OK.🤣

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        Toby Andrews

        October 18, 2020 at 10:06 am

        What’s the Romans ever done for us. Life of Brian.

        lol

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      Ray W.

      October 18, 2020 at 9:44 am

      Don’t forget Stalin and Mao Zedong, as long as we’re rattling off nut-job despots.

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      Pattaya Lover

      October 18, 2020 at 2:10 pm

      Al-Gaddafi and Hussain were never dictators. Their idea of making a United Africa with one president, one currency destroyed them. The West saw that as a destruction to their economy,a total freedom to Africans which they hate so much. Al-Gaddafi and Hussain are Icons in Africa. Don’t be deceived by your media. When will the Westerners stop being deceived by their government? If you have not leaved in Africa for more than 10 yrs don’t make a mockery or write what u r not sure about it. #Say no to covid19 vaccine in Africa. We trust in our natural immune system.

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    Ray W.

    October 17, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    Well… there is the draconian boarder closure that has decimated the economy and given the people the free time to contemplate and mobilize to demand change… I mean when you don’t have work there’s a lot of time to get mad about things. You’ve been preventing the rest of us from getting back to work so yes you’ve “done nothing”, you’ve been very heavy handed at making sure the people can “do nothing” too.

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      Grammar Police

      October 17, 2020 at 11:13 pm

      a boarder is a person who lives in someone elses house and pays for food and accomodation.
      perhaps you meant border.

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      Ynwaps

      October 18, 2020 at 4:08 pm

      I’ve lived in Africa for 2 years and agree with what Mr. Pattaya lover said.

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    Political Observer

    October 17, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    Prayut is worth at least $65 million (2 billion baht) according to Wikipedia (see link). He sure didn’t save that out of his generals salary.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prayut_Chan-o-cha

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    Edy F.

    October 18, 2020 at 1:48 am

    He is making a satanic sign on this picture. Certainly working for globalists and the new world order..

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      Toby Andrews

      October 18, 2020 at 10:02 am

      Yes I noticed that Edy
      Gave himself away there didn’t he?

      lol

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    West Tiger

    October 18, 2020 at 1:52 am

    He is totally deluded if he thinks that.
    He’s clearly racist. He’s prepared to let people in from China where Covid started and is still rife withput going through the proper criteria and yet expects Farangs to jump through hoops to get a visa and lets the Baht stay far to high on the world exchange rates so he’s cronies can buy properties overseas

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    Tony Grace

    October 18, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    Your principle mistake was to grab power when your rool as an army officer is to protect the country and its people. Then you surrounded yourself with the rich elite establishment of rich Thais who only goal
    is to grab as much as they can from the country’s welth and resources for themselves.

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      Toby Andrews

      October 20, 2020 at 4:11 pm

      Yuu ahr quite rite Mr Grace.

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    Jim

    October 18, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    He is delusional. He is NOT a PM. He’s a dictator.

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    G2

    October 18, 2020 at 5:21 pm

    he has done nothing at all, that’s the point.

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    patty

    October 19, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Thaiger..you forgot to mention the he basically threatened the lives of the protest leaders and anyone else that joined them. Nothing wrong?? You were wrong since you rigged your way into becoming PM. Nothing has been right since then

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Thai politician and former chair of the Pheu Thai Party, Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, has confirmed she plans to challenge the legality of the emergency decree in court. She joins a number of opposition MPs and other activists who are petitioning to have the decree lifted. Bangkok awoke to a state of emergency declared by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha in the early hours of last Thursday, amid growing political unrest.

Posting on her Facebook page, Sudarat points to the PM himself, who she describes as, “the source of the problem”. She says the current political protests are a result of him using a military coup to take control from the people, and then drafting a charter that supported the transfer of power to Thailand’s military.

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A petition calling for the resignation of Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, has been signed by up to 1,118 academics and delivered to Government House. The petition was created by the Thai Academic Network for Civil Rights. Nation Thailand reports that a group of university lecturers and students have marched to Government House to deliver the letter. They include Anusorn Unno, anthropology lecturer at Thammasat University, and Thamrongsak Petchlertanan, a lecturer in Political Science at Rangsit University.

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Anusorn claims the action injured several people and only served to ignite further anger at the government. He is calling on the administration to refrain from violence when dealing with protesters, to stop the gagging of government critics, put an end to laws that infringe on freedom of speech, and to cede to the protesters’ demands.

Those demands are outlined in a 10-point manifesto and include the PM’s resignation, the dissolution of parliament, and a call for fresh elections. The manifesto appeared at a protest in early August and has since provided a consistent ‘script’ for the protest movement. Protesters are also calling for a re-write of the 2017 Thai Charter (Constitution) and for reforms to the role of the Thai Monarchy.

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