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28 Nov 2020 | 09:54 PM UTC

Thailand: Pro-democracy activists to gather in Bangkok November 29 /update 25

Pro-democracy activists plan fresh protests in Bangkok on November 29; avoid protest sites as a precaution

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Event

Pro-democracy activists plan to hold further protests in Bangkok on Sunday, November 29, amidst weeks of anti-government unrest. Members of the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstrations (UFTD) student activist group had planned to gather at the 1st Infantry Regiment headquarters in Phaya Thai district from 15:00 (local time), but after security forces barricaded the area they have moved the demonstration. They will now meet at the same time at BTS Wat Phra Sri Mahatat before marching to the 11th infantry Regiment headquarters on Phahonyothin Road. A separate gathering is planned near Imperial World Mall on Lat Phrao road from 16:00.

A heightened security presence and localized transport disruptions are expected in the vicinity of the demonstrations and clashes between security forces, protesters, and counter-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 Bangkok are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid protests or demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.

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