YELLOW-SHIRT demonstrators held a protest against Progressive Movement leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit outside a hotel in southern Nakhon Si Thammarat city where he was attending a meeting with party members on preparing for the upcoming Provincial Administration Organization (PAO) election, Sanook.com reported this evening (Nov. 11, 2020).
The demonstrators, waving Thai and Royal flags, wanted to ask Thanathorn about alleged moves against of the monarchy institution and instigating the youths.
Despite the protest Thanathorn managed to enter Ravadee hotel where he held an hour-long meeting with party members on canvassing for Mr. Isara Hassadin, who is their candidate running for chief executive of PAO in the election taking place next month.
He then sent word to the protesters that they could send five representatives to meet him within the hotel. However they refused to do that, and instead asked him to come out and meet them, promising to leave a distance of 15 metres to ensure his safety, but he refused to do so.
He then left the hotel in a black van, which the protesters surrounded but police managed to clear the crowd and let him pass.
Thanthorn was to meet a group of students at Rajamangala University of Technology but the administrators at the last minute stopped him from coming, fearing there might be trouble.
The Progressive Movement leader then went canvassing for votes in Thung Song municipality with the authorities keeping tight control to prevent any trouble.
At 6 p.m. this evening Thanathorn was to meet some students at Roti Koban restaurant but the owner all of the sudden shut it down for three days, posting a message online that his restaurant will be reopening on Friday November 13, 2020.
Royalist protesters mob Thanathorn’s van outside the Nakhon Si Thammarat hotel today. Photos: Sanook.com