Monday’s protests in Thailand disperse peacefully
Protesters have dispersed from their four main sites in Bangkok tonight. They had been repeating their calls for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s immediate resignation, a new Constitution and sweeping reform of the Monarchy.
No untoward incidents were reported at the protest venues, which were at the Silpakorn University, the Ministry of Public Health, Kasetsart intersection and at the Bangkok Remand Prison.
More protests were held today on several campuses and elsewhere outside the capital, although there were fewer protesters in attendance than at the rallies in Bangkok.
As usual, the elusive protest coordinators will not announce the venues or the exact timing of tomorrow’s protests until the last minute, to avoid giving advance warning to the police.
The BTS and MRT trains were only slightly disrupted today, because the protest sites were not in the inner city, with services at a handful of stations temporarily suspended during the afternoon.
In the meantime, the Government appears to have softened its hardline stance towards the protesters. About 20 protesters being held on remand, including two prominent leaders, Parit Chivarak and Ms. Panasaya Sitthijirawattanakul, have been released on bail.
Additionally, Parliament is to convene a special session, to discuss the current political situation and to seek a peaceful solution.