Timeline: Thailand’s growing protest movement

21-Sep-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 9:51 AM Print This Post

Protests have been growing in Thailand against the government of prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former junta leader, with some protesters also calling for reforms of King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s monarchy. [nL3N2GG04E]

Below is a timeline of events since Prayuth was appointed prime minister after an election in March 2019. He rejects accusations the electoral laws were fixed in his favour.

June 9, 2019The king endorses Prayuth as prime minister, keeping him in the post he first took in a 2014 coup.

November 20Constitutional court disqualifies vocal opposition figure Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit as a member of parliament, saying he violated electoral law. He disputes the ruling.

December 14Several thousand protesters demonstrate in Bangkok to protest against Thanathorn’s disqualification and the moves to ban his Future Forward party.

February 21, 2020Constitutional court bans Future Forward. The next day, hundreds of people join a protest against the decision.

March 26Thai authorities impose a state of emergency to stop the spread of the coronavirus, limiting gatherings and travel.

July 18The Free Youth group draws about 2,500 to a protest in Bangkok and makes three demands: dissolve parliament, amend the constitution and stop harassing critics.

August 3Human rights lawyer Arnon Nampa makes an unprecedented call for reform of the monarchy at a protest with a Harry Potter theme.

August 10Students at Thammasat University list 10 demands for reforming the monarchy, including abolition of lese majeste law against criticising the king.

August 16More than 10,000 people join a protest at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument.

September 19Tens of thousands protest in the biggest demonstration since the 2014 coup, cheering calls for reforms to the monarchy as well as for the removal of Prayuth.

September 20Protesters install a plaque near the Grand Palace in Bangkok with the message that Thailand belongs to the people and not to the monarch. Thousands then march to present demands in a letter to the king, which they give to police before dispersing.



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