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

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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