Thai protesters plan big march on PM's office next week

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Thai anti-government activists on Wednesday announced plans to hold an overnight protest and to rally up to 100,000 people to march on Government ...

Panupong Jadnok, Panusaya Sithijirawattankul and Parit Chiwarak, student leaders of the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration after a news conference about a protest they will hold on September 19, at the Thammasat University in BangkokBANGKOK: Thai anti-government activists on Wednesday announced plans to hold an overnight protest and to rally up to 100,000 people to march on Government House next week, piling more pressure on the military-backed administration to step down.

After a long absence, demonstrations have returned to Thailand streets to demand the removal of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, reviving memories of over a decade of intermittent unrest that culminated in a 2014 coup.Prayuth led that putsch and remained in power after a disputed election last year that he insists was conducted fairly. He has warned Thailand could be"engulfed in flames" if protests persist.

Some demonstrators have also broken a longstanding taboo by calling for curbs to the power of the country's monarchy. The rally coincides with the anniversary of a 2006 coup that ousted the government of Thaksin Shinawatra.

 

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