Bangkok police disperse demonstrators and detain dozens of activists

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BANGKOK, October 15. / TASS /. Bangkok police dispersed demonstrators near the Thai Government House and detained four leaders of the protest. This is stated in a statement published on Thursday by one of the organizers of the rally of the "Free Youth" association.

According to their data, lawyer Anon Nampha and activists Phanuphon Chatnok, Parit Chivarak, Prasit Utharoch were detained. Activists are confident that "the public sector seeks to undermine the democratic movement." In this regard, they have planned for Thursday at 16:00 (12:00 Moscow time) a new protest in the area of ​​the Central World shopping center. The authorities have already announced their intention to send 1,700 police officers to the area to maintain order.

Dozens of detainees

According to human rights activists, up to 40 people were detained, including the head of the United Front of Tammasat, Panatsaya Sitthichiravannakun. According to a government decree on the introduction of a state of emergency (state of emergency), they can be detained for up to 30 days. The former leader of the now liquidated Party of the Future Thanathorn Chungrungreangkit has already spoken out in defense of the detainees, who demanded the release of the activists and the lifting of the state of emergency in Bangkok.

Meanwhile, riot police have dispersed demonstrators who were spending the night outside the Government House, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Och. The police operation began around 04:00 (00:00 Moscow time) after the publication of a decree imposing restrictions on the prohibition of mass gatherings and the publication of news that could cause anxiety and cause riots. Some protesters tried to resist the police by setting up makeshift trash cans, but they were quickly dismantled. By dawn, hundreds of police officers had occupied the nearby streets, and city workers began to clear the area.

In the published government decree, it is noted that the actions of the protesters affected the royal procession and the security of the state. "This also has a direct impact on the results of the fight against the coronavirus epidemic, which affects the economic security of the country," the decree emphasizes. "Urgent measures must be taken to effectively and promptly end this situation to maintain peace and order." Some observers link the actions of the authorities in the area of ​​the rally with a two-day visit to Thailand by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who is to meet with Prayut Chan-Ocha at the Government House on Thursday.

History of the issue

On the eve, thousands of protesters gathered near the Democracy Monument and headed to the Thai Government House in Bangkok, demanding the resignation of the Prime Minister. The organizers estimate that nearly 20,000 people took part in the rally on the anniversary of the 1973 student uprising, while the police reported 8,000 demonstrators.

On July 18, the first major political rally took place near the Democracy Monument in the Thai capital after the lifting of most of the restrictions imposed in the kingdom due to the pandemic. The protesters called on the authorities to dissolve parliament, change the current constitution and stop pressure on critics of the government. On August 16, from 12 thousand to 20 thousand people gathered at the next anti-government rally in Bangkok. From September 19 to 20, a protest rally in Sanam Luang Square opposite the Grand Royal Palace in Bangkok gathered more than 80 thousand people.

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