Thai PM 'concerned' as more students issue demands on monarchy
Thai Prime Minister Prayuh Chan-o-cha said on Tuesday he is concerned about a growing student protest movement after another student group issued ...
BookmarkBANGKOK: Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Tuesday (Aug 11) he is concerned about a growing student protest movement after another student group issued an unusually frank 10-point call for reform of the monarchy.About 3,000 to 4,000 protesters chanted “Long live democracy” at Thammasat University on the outskirts of Bangkok on Monday night, with speeches calling for the resignation of Prayut, who first took power in a 2014 coup, and an end to military domination of politics.
AdvertisementREAD: Thai pro-democracy rally attracts thousands as discontent swellsBut protesters from a Thammasat University Pro-democracy Group also issued a 10-point call for reform of the monarchy, becoming at least the third student protest group to break a decades-long taboo on questioning its role and powers.
Thailand has strict laws against insulting or defaming the king, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.Palace officials declined to comment on the student protests or on any criticism of the monarchy.AdvertisementAdvertisementFormer army chief Prayut told reporters he had watched the protests. headtopics.com
"Yes, I watched it, how can I not?" he said when asked about the students' demands."I am concerned," he said, but did not elaborate on what concerned him and did not comment on the demands for royal reform.READ: Testing royal taboos: Inside Thailand's new youth protests
Prayut has warned protesters against involving the monarchy in their protests but said King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who took the throne after the death of his father in 2016, has asked him not to arrest anyone under the"lese majeste" laws.Since the 2014 coup, activists have accused Prayut of using the military's close association with the palace to justify its grip on power, including accusations of manipulating results of elections last year. Prayut denies the allegations.
The students' new demands included reversal of a 2019 order that transferred two army units to the king's personal command and a 2017 law that gave him full control of the crown's extensive property holdings. Read more: CNA »
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