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27 Nov 2020 | 04:52 AM UTC

Thailand: Pro-democracy activists to gather in Nonthaburi and Samut Prakan November 28

Pro-democracy activists plan protests in Nonthaburi and Samut Prakan, outside Bangkok, on November 28; avoid all demonstrations as a precaution

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Event

Pro-democracy protests have been planned on Saturday, November 28, in Nonthaburi and Samut Prakan provinces, outside Bangkok. Participants are expected to gather at Nonthaburi Civic Center MRT station from 15:00 (local time), and at Imperial World Samrong in Samut Prakan at 16:00 before marching to Bang Na Intersection.

The rallies will likely be well-attended and therefore a heightened security presence should be anticipated in the vicinity of the demonstrations. Associated localized disruptions should also be expected and clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out.

Context

Public opposition has grown against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in recent months over government spending, the dissolution of an opposition party, and many other factors. Activists have also called for reforms to the powers of the monarchy. Protests on an increasing scale have been held in Bangkok and other locations across Thailand in recent months. Counter protests have also been held, particularly in support of the monarchy.

Advice

Those in the aforementioned areas are advised to avoid all gatherings as a precaution, monitor developments, anticipate associated disruptions, and heed instructions issued by local authorities.

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