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Thailand’s Protests in 2020: What Activists Demand and What's Next?

October 15, 2020, 04.10 PM

BANGKOK, – Thailand’s protests have gathered pace for the past three months with pro-democracy activists calling for reforms.

Demonstrators behind the protests in Thailand are demanding change to the kingdom’s unassailable monarchy.

Thousands of Thai anti-government protestors have filled up streets essentially pitting the kingdom’s king with the people.

On Wednesday, thousands of pro-democracy activists rallied around Democracy Monument before marching on to the government house where some camped out overnight.

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To quell the protests in Thailand, the government declared an emergency decree banning gatherings of more than four people.

Since the decree issuance, over 20 protestors including prominent leaders have been arrested Thursday.

Here is what we know:

What do the pro-democracy activists want?

Demonstrators of Thailand's protests in 2020 are rallying against the government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha.

The former army chief led a coup in 2014 and kept the kingdom under military rule for five years.

Under the junta, a new constitution was drafted before elections were held last year.

Prayut was voted in to lead a civilian government — a win analysts say was tilted by the new charter's provisions.

Thai anti-government protesters say the whole process was a stitch-up and are calling for parliament to be dissolved, the constitution rewritten and an end to the harassment they are facing.

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