Sunday’s protest gathering place changed to Bangkok’s Pathumwan intersection
Protest organisers have changed the meeting location for today’s rally to the Pathumwan intersection in Bangkok. Protesters began to gather in front of the Bangkok Arts and Culture centre by 2pm.
Organizers had previously announced, via social media, that protesters would gather at the Democracy Monument at 3pm today, before moving to Sanam Luang to continue their political activities.
Since Sanam Luang is just a short distance from the Grand Palace, which is a symbol of the Thai monarchy, police have decided to block all access as a precaution.
Anti-establishment protesters have previously tried to reach the Grand Palace, to demand reform of the monarchy, but their attempts were thwarted by the police.
Empty cargo containers and razor wire have been erected by police to block all access to Sanam Luang in Bangkok, ahead of a mass protest by anti-establishment groups, expected to take place Sunday afternoon, against a recent Constitutional Court ruling.
High-powered water cannon and crowd control police are also on standby on Ratchadamnoen Klang Road.
Last Wednesday the Constitutional Court ruled that speeches, made by anti-establishment protest leaders Anon Nampa, Ms. Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul and Panupong “Mike” Jadnok last year, amounted to a dishonest exercising of their right to free expression with the aim of overthrowing the country’s constitutional monarchy.
The controversial ruling has caused widespread resentment among student organizations, academics at numerous universities and others, who advocate for reform of the monarchy.
Police said they are ready to block all traffic, from Phan Phiphop Lila Bridge to Ratchadamnoen Nai Road.