A GROUP of demonstrators gathered around the Skywalk and the Bangkok Art and Culture Center at Pathumwan intersection this afternoon (May 22) to mark the seventh anniversary of the coup mounted by Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, then army chief and current prime minister, Thai Rath newspaper said.
Meanwhile a student union group held a symbolic performance art in front of the Education Ministry to likewise mark this anniversary.
The demonstrators gathered at this intersection from 4 p.m. onwards and sang and danced to commemorate the coup’s seventh anniversary.
Pol Lt Col Pitipaht Ekakorn-phuwawat, deputy head at Pathumwan police station, then read out a legal notice that this demonstration is in violation of the emergency decree and the Communicable Diseases Act. However the demonstrators shouted insults and raised the three-finger salute with displeasure.
They later held talks with Pol Col Pansa Amara Pitak, head of Pathumwan station, and continued their activities.
Meanwhile a student union group staged a symbolic performance art in front of the Education Ministry to demonstrate their standpoint against the coup, nationalism and a draft education act that is being submitted to Parliament to mark the coup anniversary.
Their performance lasted for around 20 minutes with policemen from Nang Loeng, both in and out of uniform, taking care of law and order.
The demonstration at Pathumwan intersection and the performance art at the Education Ministry today. Photos: Thai Rath