Pro-Democracy Protests In Thailand 2

In Thailand, a student-let movement calling for political reform of the monarchy has sparked protests across the country, reports say. The protests have been gaining momentum since July, with the most recent one occurring on 26th October. Tens of thousands of young people assembled to protest the monarchy, the constitution and resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Dozens of demonstrators have been arrested and the fear of persecution has heightened the pro-democratic sentiment. The government recently enforced stringent rules regarding public gatherings under the guise of the COVID- 19 state of emergency. Specifically, the government implemented a ban on public assembly of more than five people and prohibited the dissemination of information that may threaten national security.

Protesters assembled peacefully and many were seen making the three fingered salute, which has become a symbol of the protest movement. However, the demonstrations were met with violence by government authorities. On the second day, riot police were called, armed with water cannons. The demonstration and pro-democratic political ideology has been largely headed by the young people, mainly students. According to reports, more than 40 people have been arrested.

According to Amnesty International, the arrests were “clearly designed to stamp out dissent, and sow fear in anyone who sympathizes with the protesters’ views.” Similarly, Clément Voule, the UN special rapporteur on freedom of association and peaceful assembly, criticized the Thai authorities, stating that “the government needs to allow protesters to exercise their rights and seek dialogue, not suppress them.”

The current legal and political framework in Thailand imbues the government with the discretion to undermine civil liberties. Thereby, allowing the government to declare a state of emergency, detain individuals without due process and punish political dissent. International authorities have criticized the national state of emergency imposed in Thailand as a way of stifling political dissent. Under the current emergency measures, the police can detain demonstrators without charge, without access to lawyers or family for up to 30 days.

The demonstrations have been instrumental in exposing the structural and political weaknesses in Thailand. The most prominent issue is the criticism of the Thailand monarchy; which includes the budget of the monarchy, the separation of state and king’s funds and removal of laws that punish dissent against the Crown. In the current system, acts of violence against the monarchy are punishable by life prison sentences under section 110 of the criminal code. Moreover, in Thailand the constitution dictates that the King is to “be held in a position of revered worship.” Currently, the historical institution of monarchy, in which the power of the royal family is enshrined into the constitution, is being highly criticized by the Thai population and the international community.

In Thailand, the government authorities are impinging on political freedoms of protesters, and disguising state control by declaring national health concerns of COVID-19. Obvious points of tension exist between institutional action and the views of the population regarding the political and legal system. However, the momentum garnered by this student-led movement has the power to incite tangible change. Whilst there is fierce opposition by conservatives, it is evident that there is a strong public shift towards democracy and political restructuring in Thailand.

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2 thoughts on “Pro-Democracy Protests In Thailand

  • Alberto

    So many such demonstrations have led to war and chaos.

    As a peace organization you should be against this kind of operation which only aims to set up a pro-U.S. government that will enter into conflict with China.

    There is more democracy in Thailand than in many Western countries where the press and social media are under control.

    All countries that want to keep their independence are considered dictatorships and are denounced by the dominant Western media with lies and manipulation.

    In France, many demonstrators against the dictator Macron, were seriously injured by police using blast ball.

    And the French are not allowed to use drugs like chloroquine or favipir to cure themselves of covid, which creates a large number of deaths.

    Thai students who are asking for democracy should ask themselves in which country there is a real democracy.

    There is no democracy in the West because the media is under control and people vote for whoever the media puts forward.

    The word democracy is used as a bait to make them believe in a better future, but unfortunately, these demonstrations organized by the USA only bring more misfortune.

    You should read these articles:

  • Alberto

    Sorry the link is :

    What Thai students don’t know: the worst is yet to come :

    The agencies that have their hands on the algorithms of these networks, know the ideological profile of the users, they put forward the information they want and suppress or give less popularity to the information that disturbs them.

    Countries such as China and Russia, aware of the danger that these social networks represented for them, have created their own networks.

    And now the US is attacking Chinese social networks that have become too popular in the US.

    Thai Students: social media only shows you what they want you to see, there is currently incredible censorship on these same social networks that talk to you about democracy and freedom, and forget to tell you about what has happened in other countries where they have organised the same kind of so-called “democratic” movement.

    A French president, on his deathbed, had made a revelation on the country’s relationship with the Americans.

    François Mitterand declared in 1997 :

    “France doesn’t know it, but we are at war with America. Yes, a permanent war, a vital war, an economic war, a war without death apparently. Yes, the Americans are very tough, they are voracious, they want undivided power over the world. It’s an unknown war, a permanent war, apparently a war without death and yet a war to the death. » Source

    the Americans are very tough, they are voracious, they want undivided power over the world.

    Every country in the world is facing this war, there are countries that are already submissive (like all EU countries), and those that are still independent as Thailand.

    A submissive country may well be a dictatorship, and the Western media, which are in their majority already under control, will talk about it little or not at all.

    But unsubmissive countries will always be under the fire of west media criticism, like Thailand at this moment.

    In the past, the United States tried to take control of Thailand with Thaksin Shinawatra, but fortunately for the country, it never had total control because there was the monarchy.

    Eventually, influential people realised that he was a traitor who was working for foreign powers against the interests of Thailand and he was ousted from power.

    The monarchy acts as a second power to control politicians and prevent someone corrupted by a foreign country from taking control of Thailand.

    The monarchy helps to preserve the independence of the country and that is why monarchy is the target of student leaders manipulated by the US.

    They had put Thaksin in power by taking advantage of the 1997 economic crisis and they are starting their fight against Thailand again by taking advantage of the Covid-19 crisis.

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