BANGKOK — Thailand’s indefatigable pro-democracy activists took to Bangkok’s roads Sunday, this time to protest the military as they push ahead with their campaign for sweeping reforms, including to the country’s monarchy.
Approximately 800 protesters marched to the bottom of the 11th Infantry Regiment, which can be closely linked to the nation’s royal palace. Their number grew to well over 1,000 since they settled for speeches by demonstration leaders.
An advance group of protesters had pulled off two decrepit buses which were used to obstruct the entrance to the bottom and eliminated strands of razor wire. A huge contingent of riot police, many rows deep, stood their ground in the front of the gate but no violence was reported from the close of the rally.
The student-led protesters for weeks now have been demanding reforms to produce the monarchy more liable, although criticism of this establishment continues to be considered taboo and remarks judged defamatory of their king and crucial royals are punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
“People ought to have the ability to criticize the king. Folks ought to have the ability to inspect what he can.
Since the military leader in 2014, Prayuth headed a coup ousting an elected authority.
If found guilty, he is forced from the prime minister’s post. Protest leader Parit”Penguin” Chiwarak encouraged the audience to rally outside the courtroom on the afternoon of the verdict.
The website of Sunday’s demonstration was symbolic for many reasons.
This past year, the 11th Infantry Regiment was altered from the military’s chain of command and made a part of this Royal Security Control, accountable directly to the king. The activity was one of many denounced by protesters as an instance of the palace carrying powers that shouldn’t be permitted under the rule.
Even though it was a bloodless army revolt in 1932 that ended the absolute monarchy and installed inherent principles, the army, and the palace were allied for decades. By protecting and promoting the imperial association, the military lays claim to being the shield of the country, although the palace can rely on the military to put down any risks to its place of privilege.
There were 20 army coups since 1932, the latest ones in 2006 and 2014. As it’s based in Bangkok, the 11th Infantry Regiment was a vital player in coups or opposing them according to the prevailing political climate.
When most coups are bloodless, the military hasn’t hesitated to use force to conquer threats to the established order.
In 2010, over 90 people were killed and nearly 2,000 injured during fourteen days of protests that saw a portion of central Bangkok inhabited by protesters that were finally cleared from the military. Prayuth, a senior army general, was included in the crackdown.
In announcing plans for Sunday’s demonstration, a team from Bangkok’s Thammasat University clarified on Twitter the regiment was targeted”because this device spanned folks in 2010 and it had been the primary force for the prior coups.”
Close to the close of the rally, protesters threw red paint at the direction of their military base — a few splattering on guards held from the authorities — to signify the 2010 bloodshed.