Protests 2020

When political rallies become a numbers game

Political rallies are all about the numbers game: the larger the crowd, the more successful and powerful the protest appears to be.   However, one glance at the numbers shows…

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PM Prayut denies influencing senators on charter changes

As anti-government protesters threaten to escalate their struggle for political changes following the Parliament’s decision to delay voting on constitutional amendments, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today vowed to deal forcefully…

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Activists threaten to escalate protests

Leaders of the student-led movement have vowed to step up their anti-government protests after members of the parliament yesterday delayed a vote on constitutional amendment motions.   Protest leaders were…

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Ex-poll commissioner warns of rising political tensions in Thailand in October

A former election commissioner has warned that political tensions in Thailand are likely to reach boiling point in October, dubbed the “cursed October”, because the only parliamentary channel, through which…

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Parliament delays vote on charter changes, sets up study panel

Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to set up a joint committee to study motions seeking amendments to the Constitution in a move seen by the opposition bloc and anti-government protesters as…

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Thai royalist group submits 130k signatures opposing charter amendments

The Thai Pakdee royalist group submitted a list of 130,000 signatures, from people who oppose any changes to the current Constitution, to the speakers of the House of Representatives and…

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Maximum security in place at Parliament ahead of protest on Thursday

Maximum security is being implemented at the Thai Parliament ahead of a planned protest by the Free People movement, as the joint sitting of the House of Representatives and Senate…

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Parit “Penguin” Chirawak

How firebrand protest leader Parit steps back from the brink

A firebrand leader of student-led protests against the Thai establishment, Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak may sound aggressive on stage and at times may seem bent on getting what he wants at…

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Thailand ready for a new Constitution, but who will write it?

Thai politics is reaching another critical juncture this week when the first step toward reviewing the Constitution is taken after months of pressure from young anti-establishment protesters seeking changes to…

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Complaint filed with police against opposition MPs seen at weekend protest

Palang Pracharat MP Sira Jenjakha lodged a complaint with Chanasongkhram police today (Monday) against three opposition MPs, accusing them of joining the student-led protest, during which the Thai Monarchy was…

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Five protest leaders to be indicted on charges related to July 20th rally at Army HQ

Five protest leaders have been summoned by Nang Loeng police, to appear before the Special Prosecutor’s Office at the Dusit District Court, to be formally charged for their roles in…

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Protesters plant “spirit of democracy” in royal field

The lost legacy of Khana Ratsadon was symbolically reborn when a new memorial plaque embodying the spirit of the 1932 Siamese Revolution was embedded by anti-government protesters at Sanam Luang…

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The spot where the symbolic democracy plaque was embedded is now covered with cement.

Symbolic democracy plaque at Sanam Luang removed

The brass plaque installed at Sanam Luang on Sunday as a sign of defiance by protesters demanding reforms of the monarchy has been removed. Thai PBS news team found the…

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All rivals deserve credit in symbolism-dominated round

Peace is the winner this weekend, although it’s still a very long way to go. A major student-led protest against several things in the Thai society brought about a huge…

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Thai PM thanks police and protesters for the peaceful conduct of the protest

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has thanked the police and the anti-government protesters for the peaceful way in which the rally, held yesterday and which concluded today, was conducted and…

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Protest leader Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul negotiating with police near the office of the Privy Council.

Protesters end rally after submitting “10-point manifesto” to Privy Council

Anti-government protesters have ended their rally at Sanam Luang after submitting the so-called “10-point manifesto” aimed at reforming the monarchy to the Privy Council this morning. The demand was submitted…

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Student protesters during a symbolic ceremony to install what they call “Plaque of Khana Rassadorn 2020” at the rally site at Sanam Luang on Sunday morning.

Protesters install symbolic democracy plaque at Sanam Luang

Anti-government protesters this morning installed a brass plaque which they said symbolizes a revival of the spirit of the 1932 revolution that ended Thailand’s system of absolute monarchy at their…

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Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit and Pannika Wanich, two key members of the Progressive Movement, visiting the rally site at Sanam Luang Saturday night.

Thanathorn claims rally is victory for Thai people

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, a key figure of the Progressive Movement, tonight described the anti-government rally at Sanam Luang today as a victory for Thai people who are fighting for democracy.  …

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Thailand’s protest leader Ms. Panasaya promises a dawn surprise on Sunday

Prominent protest leader Ms. Panasaya Sitthichirawattanakul has promised a “surprise” at first light in Bangkok on Sunday, or 6.07am.   In her Facebook post, the young woman, who read the…

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Thai police seize 45,000 books about reform of the Monarchy

Police in the Khlong Luang district of Thailand’s Pathum Thani province held a group of Thammasat University students in custody today (Saturday), after they seized about 45,000 books, about reform…

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Signature collection campaign to support charter changes at protest site

Non-governmental organization iLaw is continuing its signature collection campaign for constitutional amendments by encouraging today’s protesters to sign up.   iLaw staff are manning a tent at Sanam Luang to…

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A potentially historic day to watch

All eyes are focused on Thailand’s student-led protest today, with a sense of anxiety over how it will develop. This morning (Saturday), Thammasat University’s Tha Prachan campus remains closed. after…

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The moment protesters force their way into Thammasat University.

Protesters force their way into Thammasat University

Hundreds of protesters are now occupying the campus of Thammasat University after forcing open its main gate to begin what they claim to be the biggest rally against the Prayut…

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Protesters prepare for communication hiccups

Ten of thousands people from across the country are expected to join the anti-government protest this weekend. To avoid communication hiccups during the demonstration in case the mobile signal network…

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Protest leader insists on raising “sensitive issues” during this weekend’s rally

Reform of the Thai Monarchy, part of the ten-point manifesto, published for the first time at a rally on August 10th, will definitely be raised at this weekend’s rally at…

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Motorists advised to avoid some roads and use alternative routes this weekend

The Metropolitan Police are advising motorists in Bangkok to avoid roads which are expected to be affected by the protest march from Thammasat University to Government House this weekend. The…

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Protest organizers asked to specify the destination of their march this Sunday

Red-shirt movement leader Jatuporn Promphan has urged the leaders of the September 19th protest to make clear to the public the actual destination of their planned march on Sunday, whether…

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Thai PM appeals to protesters to join the fight against COVID-19 first

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha made a last-minute appeal this evening to protest leaders to postpone their rally, planned for this weekend, until the threat from the COVID-19 pandemic passes….

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Thammasat U’s Tha Prachan campus to close this weekend for safety reasons

The Dean of the Faculty of Law at Thammasat University has announced the closure of the Tha Prachan campus and cancellation of classes on Saturday and Sunday for the safety…

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PM appeals to protesters to obey the law during their protest this Saturday

Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned student activists not to break the law during their planned protest this Saturday, as he reassured that he has instructed the police to…

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Protesters warned not to get too close to Government House

As the planned September 19th mass protest draws near, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngarm warned the anti-dictatorship protesters today (Wednesday) not to venture within 50-metres of Government House, or risk…

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Protests 2020: From a political to a generational issue Kitipat Chuensukjit Thai PBS World Tonight 9th September 2020

Protests 2020: From a political to a generational issueKitipat ChuensukjitThai PBS World Tonight9th September 2020

Posted by Thai PBS World on Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Protests 2020: From a political to a generational issue

Reported by Kitipat Chuensukjit Thai PBS World Tonight September 9, 2020

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Thai court orders two detained protest leaders released from prison

Remanded protest leaders Anon Nampa and Panupong Jaadnok were released from Bangkok Special Prison at about 6pm this evening by order of the Criminal Court, at the request of the…

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Anti-government protesters hold up three-finger salutes at a rally by the Democracy Monument in Bangkok on August 16, 2020.

Thai Foreign Ministry disputes Amnesty International’s claims of harassment of protesters

The Thai Foreign Ministry has refuted London-based Amnesty International’s (AI) allegations that the Thai Government has restricted free expression and public assembly and gagged anti-government criticism. Last week, AI issued…

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Anond…breaking the taboo

Anond…breaking the taboo. How a human rights lawyer catapults himself to the forefront of anti-establishment protests

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What do the students want?

What do the students want? What drives the student-led protests that have spread cross the country

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Thais gather in Bangkok stadium to defend monarchy Thai PBS World Tonight 31st August 2020

Thais gather in Bangkok stadium to defend monarchyThai PBS World Tonight31st August 2020

Posted by Thai PBS World on Monday, August 31, 2020

Thais gather in Bangkok stadium to defend monarchy

Reported by Kitipat Chuensukjit

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Students across the country have joined in the anti-government protests.

Youth forums that ignore real demands a ‘waste of time’ 

Activists and academics have criticized the Prayut government’s new youth forums as a propaganda exercise aimed at retaining power while excluding student protesters’ calls for change in the country.  …

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Mixed reactions to paint-throwing incident at Samranrat police station on Friday

The throwing of paint over a police officer by a singer, during a protest in front of Samranrat police station in Bangkok on Friday, has drawn mixed reactions from all…

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Brief commotion at Samranrat police station as a protest leader arrives

A brief commotion occurred in front of the Samranrat police station in Bangkok on Friday morning when a leader of the anti-establishment protesters marched from the October 14th Memorial to…

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A protester points at pictures of the allegedly kidnapped Thai activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit hanged outside the Embassy of Cambodia in Bangkok on Monday.

Protest rallies pose challenge for Thai mainstream media

Whatever the truth, the impression among anti-government protesters is that mainstream media are not doing the job they are supposed to.   The protesters believe that the role of keeping the…

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Thai Pakdee royalist group to rally this Sunday

The royalist Thai Pakdee group has urged its supporters and the public to join a rally this Sunday, at a venue yet to be decided, to protest against alleged intimidation…

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Thailand’s ‘cancel culture’ is deepening the political divide

As Thailand’s deep political divide cracks even wider, celebrities, businesses and media outlets are learning the hard way that harsh consequences lie in wait for those who take sides. The…

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Pro-democracy students raise a three-fingers, symbol of resistance salute during a protest rally in front of Education Ministry in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. Student protesters have stepped up pressure on the government with three core demands: holding new elections, amending the constitution and ending the intimidation of critics of the government.

60 student leaders to join a forum on future roadmap of Thailand

Thailand’s Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovations (MHESRI) will hold a forum this Thursday where the first group of students will share their views on setting a roadmap…

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All-girl Rajini school forbids students “improper” references to the Monarchy

The conservative all-girl Rajini School has announced that it will not allow students to refer to the Thai Monarchy in an offensive manner and will not allow any actions which…

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Schools told to open spaces for students to discuss politics and education

In another move to appease protesting students, Deputy Permanent Secretary at Thailand’s Ministry of Education, Ms. Duriya Amatavivat, issued an urgent order today instructing all schools to provide space for…

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Thai Court issues arrest warrants for 15 protest leaders

Thailand’s Criminal Court has issued warrants for the arrests of 15 key members of the Free People movement, in connection with the protest held at the Democracy Monument on July…

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Rival student groups rally in show of force at Democracy Monument

Pro-Monarchy vocational students and the “Free People” protest group rallied at the Democracy Monument Sunday morning, in the first showdown between the rival groups. They had moved forward their scheduled…

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Penquin out on bail, vows to join Sunday protest at Democracy Monument

Student leader Prit “Penquin” [sic] Chivarak was freed on bail this afternoon (Saturday) by the Ratchadapisek Criminal Court, on the condition that he must not commit the same offences again….

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Thai activist Parit Chirawak sits inside Samanrat police station in Bangkok on August 14, 2020. – Thai police on August 14 arrested prominent democracy activist, Parit Chiwarak also known as “Penguin” after his participation in protests calling for government reforms, a new constitution and an overhaul of a law shielding the powerful monarchy. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Amnesty Thailand calls for immediate release of protest leader Penquin

Amnesty International (AI) Thailand has called on the Thai police to release student protest leader Prit “Penquin” [sic] Chivarak immediately, after he was arrested on Friday on charges of inciting…

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Thai activist Parit Chirawak sits inside Samanrat police station in Bangkok on August 14, 2020. – Thai police on August 14 arrested prominent democracy activist, Parit Chiwarak also known as “Penguin” after his participation in protests calling for government reforms, a new constitution and an overhaul of a law shielding the powerful monarchy. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Protest student leader “Penquin” held in police custody

Student protest leader Prit “Penquin” [sic] Chivarak was today held in police custody, charged with inciting public unrest. Armed with an arrest warrant, issued by the Criminal Court, police took…

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Pheu Thai to monitor student protests and help secure release of those arrested 

Thailand’s opposition Pheu Thai Party has agreed to send its MPs, or other party members, to student protest sites to ensure safety and order and to pre-empt allegations that the…

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Complaints lodged with police about Thammasat U protest leaders

At least two complaints were filed with police in Bangkok and in the northeastern province of Khon Kaen today, against leaders of the protest at Thammasat University’s Rangsit campus on…

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Student union defiant as Monday’s protest raises concerns of political violence

A defiant Thammasat University student union is maintaining that the views expressed during the protest rally at the university’s Rangsit campus on Monday night, including allegedly improper references to the…

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Student protests in Chiang Mai, Phitsanuloke and Maha Sarakham provinces

Anti-government protests were held today by pro-democracy groups in Thailand’s northern provinces of Chiang Mai and Phitsanuloke and the northeastern province of Maha Sarakham. The protesters repeated their demands for…

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Pro-democarcy protesters stand outside the criminal court building demanding a representative be allowed inside were two leader still detained at the criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand August 8, 2020. REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa

Student Union threatens more protests if arrested activists are not released

Thailand’s Student Union announced on social media this afternoon (Saturday) that they would stage a protest in front of the Ratchadapisek Criminal Court if two anti-government activists are remanded in…

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Supporters of Free People movement to protest arrest of three activists

Anti-government activists have threatened to hold a demonstration this evening, in front of Bang Khen police station in a suburb of Bangkok, to protest the arrests of three activists by…

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Thai anti-government protesters gather front of the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, Saturday, July 18, 2020. Several thousand anti-government protesters have rallied in the Thai capital Bangkok to call for a new constitution, new elections and an end to repressive laws.

Student protest puts Pheu Thai into perspective

Imagine a full-strength Pheu Thai smelling blood and firing on all cylinders against a government reeling from the “VIP” scandal related to COVID-19. Granted, that would not have put the…

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As fears of pandemic ebb, students return to the streets

In defiance of the state of emergency which has been in force for nearly four months, thousands showed up last Saturday for the biggest anti-government demonstration since COVID-19 hit the…

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Police exploring legal action against Democracy Monument protest leaders

Thai police are collecting evidence as a basis for possible legal action against the organizers and leaders of the anti-government protest at the Democracy Monument on Saturday. Representatives of the…

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Protest at Democracy Monument called off over fears for safety of protesters

The anti-government protest, being held at the Democracy Monument, was abruptly called off, at about midnight Saturday night, after an organizer told the protesters of something suspicious occurring which might…

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Anti-government protesters keep vigil at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument

Anti-government protesters rallied at the Democracy Monument in the heart of Bangkok on Saturday evening, to demand the dissolution of Parliament, the drafting of a new Constitution and the ouster…

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Students gather at a pro-democracy rally against military rule and the Constitutional Court’s ruling to dissolve the progressive opposition Future Forward Party, at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok on February 24, 2020. – A stridently anti-military Thai party was dissolved on February 21 and its key members banned from politics for a decade over a $6 million loan by its billionaire founder, a withering blow to the kingdom’s pro-democracy movement. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Popular party’s disbandment sparks information war

In the third of the series on the rising campus activism, ThaiPBS World’s Political Desk examines how students are using social media as their new political weapon to vent their…

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How two coups shaped Gen-Z political beliefs

In the second of its series on the outbreak of campus activism sparked by the dissolution of Future Forward Party, ThaiPBS World’s Political Desk takes a look at what shapes…

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A student holds up a sign alleging the Thai government involvement in the 1MBD scandal at a pro-democracy rally against the military government, at Thammasat University in Bangkok on February 26, 2020. – Thai students held rare flashmob protests on February 26 as anger at the dissolution of a stridently-anti military opposition party bubbled in a kingdom with a long history of street politics. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

Student movements blaze back, but for how long?

The dissolution of Future Forward Party has ignited a rash of campus rallies across the country. But will the unprecedented student activism be just a flash in the pan or…

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