Thousands of protesters in Bangkok demanded political reform

Thousands of protesters marched to protest the government in Thailand’s capital Bangkok on Sunday, demanding political reform. Protesters want a revised constitution and also call for reform of the government, a sensitive topic in Thailand.

The latest rallies are led by students
The latest rallies are led by students


Under Thai law, anyone who criticizes the royal family faces a long prison term, with student-led protests almost every day. One of the leading political reform leaders has been arrested recently. However, organizers say they expect Sunday’s rally to show broader support for the demand for change, not just limited to the same group of students as before.

The police stand guard at Democracy Monument political reform
The police stand guard at Democracy Monument

Bangkok police said Sunday night that about 10,000 people attended the protest demanding political reform. “We want new elections and a new parliament for the people,” the 24-year-old student activist, Patsalawalee Tanakitwiboonpon, told the cheering crowd. “Ultimately, our dream is to have a true Constitutional Court.”

Observers say the democracy movement’s Sunday political reform demonstration in Bangkok was one of the biggest protests against the government since Prime Minister Prayuthe Chan-Ocha took power later the coup of 2014. They waved banners and chanted, “Dictator go away. Long live democracy.”

Protesters are demanding that Prayuth, the former general, who won the controversial election last year, resign. BBC correspondent Jonathan Head in Bangkok said the fact that protesters raised the Royal issue as one of the demands for change in the near future has sparked debate.


About 600 police officers watched the protest demanding political reform. Nearby, dozens of royal supporters also held a march. Last year’s election was the first since the military took power, in 2014, and for many young people, it is seen as an opportunity for change. However, the military took steps to consolidate its political role, and as a result, after the election, Prayuth’s power was re-established. Mr. Prayuth said that the majority of the Thai population did not support the protesters.

The demonstration took place in peace political reform
The demonstration took place in peace

The latest wave of protests broke out about the political reform in February after the democratic Future Forward Party was dissolved by court order. Protests were held but were quickly stopped due to Covid-19 prevention restrictions.

Tensions rose in June, when Wanchalearm Satsaksit, a prominent activist who has lived in exile in Cambodia since 2014, went missing. The Thai government has denied any connection to his disappearance. Student-led protests flared up again on July 18, despite a ban on crowdsourcing in a state of national emergency. The marches have been held almost daily since then. up to now. 

Renowned student leader Parit Chiwarak, 22, was arrested last week and faced several charges, including rebellion, assault, and hosting events that could spread disease. It is known that Thailand declared a national emergency between now and the end of April 2020 in its determination to crush the spread of the coronavirus. Hopefully, these rallies will be calmed down and settled smoothly to return the beautiful Bangkok back to the past.