Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha declared a state of emergency in Bangkok starting 4 am this morning, cited the illegal protest organized by the Khana Ratsadorn which culminated in the seizing of the areas around the Government House on Wednesday evening.
Today 8:50 Rung Panusaya, Nutchanon and other anti-establishment protest leaders were arrested.
Three anti-establishment protest leaders, Anont Nampa , Parit “Penguin” Chivarak and Panupong Jardnok, alias Mike Rayong were taken into police custody earlier this morning. While the crowd disperse before dawn, and the officials clear the area in front of the government house.
Undeterred, protest leaders call for rally at Rajprasong.
Some of the protesters now gather at the Democracy Monument, insist they will join the demonstration at the Ratchprasong intersection at 4PM even though protest leaders were arrested.
MetroPol prepare to deploy 1,700 officers to oversea the Ratchprasong Intersection, where the anti-establishment protesters said to hold a demonstration today 16:00.
Protesters gather in Bangkok ahead of a pro-democracy rally, with tensions high in Thailand after the arrest of 21 pro-reform activists a day earlier, and Royalist supporters arriving for a counter-protest
Pro-democracy demonstrators march during a Thai anti-government mass protest, on the 47th anniversary of the 1973 student uprising, in Bangkok, Thailand
Protesters clash with police for clea way. The commotion has subsided in front of Government House where police officers were clashing with protesters earlier to clear the way for an official motorcade. Emotion is running high.
Student-led protests against Thailand’s government continue in Bangkok, intensifying a 3-month long movement calling for greater democracy and less power for the monarchy.
Thousands of anti-government protesters in Thailand have staged a rally in Bangkok calling for political reform and confronting a motorcade carrying the king. The growing student-led movement wants curbs on the powers of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who spends most of his time outside the country, and is demanding the departure of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. The demonstrations are seen as the greatest challenge in years to Thailand’s ruling establishment, in a country where criticism of the monarchy is punishable by long prison sentences. Supporters of the monarchy also gathered, wearing the royal colour yellow, but were largely kept apart from those marching down Ratchadamnoen Avenue – literally the King’s Walk.
Hundreds of protesters have begun a march from the Democracy Monument on Rajdamnoen Avenue toward the Government House.
Juvenile court order the release of young protesters among 21 people arrested from the protest yesterday, in a condition not to repeat the offence.
Thai anti-government protesters set off on a planned march towards Government House in Bangkok to press their demands for the departure of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and a new constitution.
Clashes broke out between pro-democracy protesters and supporters of the Thai monarchy on Wednesday.