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In this October 19, 2020, file photo, pro-democracy activists wave mobile phones with lights during a demonstration at Kaset intersection, suburbs of Bangkok, Thailand (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)

Thailand pro-democracy movement: Student protesters aim for ambitious political change

By Associated Press | Posted by Karan Manral | Bangkok
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 08:16 AM IST
Pro-democracy protesters in Thailand have three demands: resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, changes to a constitution drafted under military rule; and, reforms to the constitutional monarchy.
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Pro-democracy activists protest in front of Government House, the prime minister's offices in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Pro-democracy activists protest in front of Government House, the prime minister's offices in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thailand cancels emergency decree in bid to calm protests

By Associated Press | Posted by Karan Manral | Bangkok
UPDATED ON OCT 22, 2020 11:56 AM IST
In a televised address to the nation, PM Prayuth Chan-ocha appealed to pro-democracy protesters to reduce political tensions. The protesters made certain demands and said they would return if these were not met.
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Pro-democracy activists gather in Central Pinklao, suburbs of Bangkok, Thailand on October 20, 2020.
Pro-democracy activists gather in Central Pinklao, suburbs of Bangkok, Thailand on October 20, 2020.

Thailand protests: Student activists move court against govt-declared state of emergency

By Associated Press | Posted by Karan Manral | Bangkok
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 04:28 PM IST
Demonstrations are taking place in Thailand calling for PM Prayuth Chan-ocha to step down, for a more democratic constitution and for reforms to the monarchy.
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Bangkok:Pro-democracy activists flash three-fingered salutes during a demonstration at Kaset intersection, suburbs of Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Thai authorities worked Monday to stem a growing tide of protests calling for the prime minister to resign by threatening to censor news coverage, raiding a publishing house and attempting to block the Telegram messaging app used by demonstrators. AP/PTI(AP19-10-2020_000205B)(AP)
Bangkok:Pro-democracy activists flash three-fingered salutes during a demonstration at Kaset intersection, suburbs of Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Thai authorities worked Monday to stem a growing tide of protests calling for the prime minister to resign by threatening to censor news coverage, raiding a publishing house and attempting to block the Telegram messaging app used by demonstrators. AP/PTI(AP19-10-2020_000205B)(AP)

Thai Cabinet approves parliament session to discuss protests

By Bloomberg | Posted by Kaleem Ullah Fasihi
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2020 01:51 PM IST
Thailand’s cabinet backed a proposal from lawmakers to convene a special session of the parliament to discuss anti-government protests that have swept the nation’s capital and other major cities in the past week.
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The protesters are calling for Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to leave office, the constitution to be amended to make it more democratic and the nation’s monarchy to undergo reform.(Photo: AP)
The protesters are calling for Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to leave office, the constitution to be amended to make it more democratic and the nation’s monarchy to undergo reform.(Photo: AP)

Transit shutdowns in Thailand fail to crush pro-democracy spirit

By Associated Press | Posted by Deepali Sharma | Bangkok
PUBLISHED ON OCT 17, 2020 08:34 PM IST
All stations of Bangkok’s elevated Skytrain transit system were closed Saturday afternoon to prevent protesters from gathering. The underground MRT system was also shut, and police blocked off several roads.
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A pro-democracy protester stands in front of police officers during anti-government protests in Bangkok (REUTERS/Jorge Silva/File Photo)
A pro-democracy protester stands in front of police officers during anti-government protests in Bangkok (REUTERS/Jorge Silva/File Photo)

‘I’m not afraid’: Thai protesters defy ban on protest gatherings

By Reuters | Posted by Karan Manral | Bangkok
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2020 10:35 AM IST
Thailand’s government had announced emergency measures to ban gatherings of five or more people to try to end three months of protests against the country’s prime minister and the royal family.
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A protester shows a white ribbon as a symbol of peace to a police officer during anti-government protests in Bangkok, Thailand (REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)
A protester shows a white ribbon as a symbol of peace to a police officer during anti-government protests in Bangkok, Thailand (REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun)

Thailand declares emergency after major student-led protest in Bangkok

By Associated Press | Posted by Karan Manral | Bangkok
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2020 02:40 PM IST
Several top leaders of the protest movement were taken into custody, with the police saying they had made 22 arrests. The protest is taking place against the country’s royal family.
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