Bangkok run against ‘dictatorship’

Opposition leader, Thanathorn, takes a part with supporters as Bangkok’s “Run Against Dictatorship”

“Run Against Dictatorship” run in Bangkok, over 2,000 people organize local versions of the event in their own provinces outside the capital Sunday morning.

Thousands of anti-government protesters took part in the “Run Against Dictatorship” in the Thai capital Sunday in the biggest political demonstration in years.

Organizers said 10,000 people registered to join the run, which included slogans demanding Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the leader behind a 2014 coup, stand down.

In a sign of rising political tensions, government supporters held their own event in a downtown park.

Last year’s general election was meant to restore full democracy, five years after the military staged the coup. But the poll rules were widely seen as favouring the pro-military party.

According to figures released by police, the largest anti-government running event outside Bangkok was held in Ubon Ratchathani, where about 400 people attended the activity. Similar events in Chiang Mai, Pattani, and Chachoengsao drew approximately 300 people each.

200 runners showed up in Phitsanulok, while a crowd of about 100 people was present in other provinces like Mahasarakham, Nakhon Pathom, and Udon Thani.

Medi agencies

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