Latest update on anti-government protests
As anti-government protesters resume their street rallies today, the Prayut government is considering calling for an extraordinary parliamentary session to discuss ways out of the current political crisis.
Following are some of the major developments of the day:
- Anti-government protesters plan to rally at four locations – Silpakorn University, Publich Health Ministry, Kasetsart intersection, and Bangkok Remand Prison on Ngarm Wongwan Road where some of the protest leaders are being held.
- Prime Minister Prayut has agreed to a call for an extraordinary parliamentary session to debate the ongoing conflicts. House Speaker Chuan Leekpai has also received consent from government and opposition MPs to go ahead with the session.
- Authorities are considering action against four on-line media outlets alleged to have reported “misleading” information that could cause panic and affect national security and public order in connection with their coverage of the ongoing protests. They are Voice TV, The Reporters, The Standard, and Prachatai.
- The Lawyer Center for Human Rights reported that at least 80 people have been taken into police custody in five provinces since the recent outbreak of anti-government protests with 27 still in detention.