Thai Parliament Opens Extraordinary Session to Resolve Protests

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BANGKOK, October 26. / TASS /. The extraordinary session of the Thai parliament opened on Monday amid ongoing anti-government demonstrations in the capital and across the country. Within two days, the deputies plan to discuss the protests and ways out of the current situation.

According to the speaker of the House of Representatives (lower house of parliament) Chuan Likphai, the session is "dedicated to finding a solution to the situation with the protesters." He also called on the deputies and senators for a civilized discussion of the agenda.

"We need to discuss in detail every demand of the protesters," Somphong Amonvivat, leader of the For Thais (Phya Thai) opposition party, said at the opening of the meeting. "In addition, the issue of changing the constitution must be resolved as soon as possible."

On October 26 and 27, the Senate, the opposition and the government block will voice their assessments of what is happening and proposals for resolving the current situation.

Since Sunday, the royalists have been on duty near the parliament, meeting the parliamentarians. They ask anti-government demonstrators to stop insulting the monarchy with their demands to reform it. It is expected that some of them will arrive at the German embassy at 14:00 (10:00 Moscow time), where the protesters intend to go at 17:00 (13:00 Moscow time). The protesters are going to pass a letter to diplomats regarding the stay of the King of Thailand Rama X in Germany.

Peaceful demonstrations in Thailand have continued daily since October 14, the anniversary of the 1973 student uprising. The coordinators promised to continue the actions until their demands are fulfilled – to dismiss the prime minister, change the constitution, and reform the monarchy. On October 21, protesters arrived at the Government House and handed the police a statement demanding the prime minister's resignation, which had to be signed within three days, but the official ignored it.

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