BANGKOK — Political tensions are rising in Thailand since pro-democracy activists pledged Friday to step up protests from the authorities and authorities detained some important characters in recent demonstrations.
Protest leaders cautioned they will enlarge their actions in the event the government fails to satisfy their requirements, including dissolving Parliament, holding fresh elections, and altering the constitution.
Recent pro-democracy presentations, largely led by pupils, have been small in size but have spread quickly and widely, unnerving the authorities.
“COVID-19 could be treated… but the disorder that cannot be treated is that the hatred of the country,” he explained in a speech to military academy cadets.
The authorities cracked down on Friday with all the arrests of several high-profile members of their pro-democracy movement. One of these was human rights attorney Arnon Nampa, who had been detained on charges of sedition and hammering an emergency decree enforced to restrain the coronavirus.
Arnon attracted the ire of the government for comments he made concerning the monarchy in a rally on Monday.
The monarchy is a sensitive subject in Thailand, and general public criticism of it’s been illegal and taboo. However, the ongoing domination of Thai politics from the army and a royalist elite has ignited frustration, particularly among younger Thais. On social networking and in demonstrations, there was limited but extravagant criticism of the monarchy, which will be subject to prosecution under a lese majeste legislation that carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.
The military staged coups in 2006 and 2014 that ousted elected authorities, as well as the military regime that held power from 2014 until annually handed legislation ensuring it would maintain sway after the 2019 overall election. A political party considered a proxy to the military was able to build a coalition government headed by the former military commander who staged the 2014 coup,” Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha.
Friday’s arrests appeared improbable to dissuade the protest movement.
Among those leaders asked whether the prime minister’s announcement last week he would form a committee and believe their perspectives were only a tactic.
“(Our requirements ) are clear enough for the authorities to listen to and follow. To establish a committee to get hearings is similar to an act. It is just like a series with no meaning. Can it be to buy time” Stated Tattep Ruangprapaikitseree?
“They believe that we’ll evaporate. They believe that we’re going to fade off so that they put up this committee to purchase time. However, the simple fact is that we need real change. We would like to send our requirements to people with power to make decisions, not to a rubber-stamp committee”
In Bangkok’s iconic Democracy Monument, at which the leaders talked, a couple of fans cheered and gave a three-fingered salute, a sign of resistance borrowed in the Hollywood film”The Hunger Games.”
Though Prayuth stated he’d meet up with the demonstration leaders, it’s unlikely they’ll reach an agreement. While he’s said he’s open to potential constitutional changes he is not likely to consent to dissolve Parliament or call fresh elections.
Beneath Prayuth’s direction, the Thai economy has fought, even though a series of corruption scandals and a lack of accountability have severely tainted his government’s claim of fresh governance.