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 collect signatures, hoping that they will be able to reach over 80,000 additional signatures, which will be more than enough to support its proposal for charter amendments to be submitted to Parliament next Tuesday.
An iLaw staff member said that, to date, they have over 78,000 signatures, adding that the overwhelming response to their campaign reflects the wish of the people to change the Constitution.
ILaw launched its signature collection campaign on August 7th, initially focusing on student protesters at rallies across the country.
Meanwhile, the opposition Pheu Thai party has set up a temporary office in front of the Supreme Court, across the street from Sanam Luang, to monitor the protest and to act as liaison between the police and protesters, in case there is a legal conflict.
The office is headed by Somkid Chuakhong, an MP of Ubon Ratchathani. He expressed concern about the blocking of communication and internet signals at the protest site, noting that the service is necessary for communications between parents and their children joining the protest.
It is reported that Thais living in Australia and Japan have staged rallies in parallel with the protest in Thailand.
In Sydney, Australia, a group of Thais, calling themselves “Aussies Crushing Dictatorship” held rallies at the Sydney Town Hall, in front of China Town metro station and at Tumbalong Park, to demand the restoration of democracy in Thailand.