By Thai Newsroom Reporters
THE PRO-DEMOCRACY RATSADON Group (People’s Party) today (July 1) called on all members of the public, especially roadside vendors, to gather outside Government House tomorrow to repeatedly demonstrate their ultimate protests against the Prayut regime.
On the Ratsadon’s Facebook page posted today, the pro-democracy group, formerly known as Khana Ratsadon, urged the people, especially those making a living by putting food on sale at roadside shops and stalls, to take to the streets around Government House on July 2.
Those street vendors and hawkers were urged to bring their food for sale at the planned rally sites around Government House to those who may join in the latest anti-government protest, apparently ignited by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s orders prohibiting all restaurants and cafés in Bangkok and outlying provinces from providing dine-in service for their customers and only allowing them takeaways.
Such orders of the premier, in his capacity as chairman of the Centre for the Covid-19 Situation Administration, have evidently frustrated and troubled the restaurant and café owners and operators in and around Bangkok, prompting them to launch a brand new rebellious campaign online saying ”#I Will Open (seated restaurants), What Will You Do About That?”
Hundreds of restaurant and café owners and operators were reported to have so far joined such anti-government campaign on social media.
Prayut is today visiting Phuket to inspect the launch of the Phuket sandbox scheme alongside Deputy Prime Minister/Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda, Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob and other high-level government officials.
Some 400-500 foreigners were expected to visit Phuket upon the kickoff date of the tourism reopening campaign.
Jatuporn Phromphan, leader of the Thais Do Not Tolerate street activism, has earlier called on members of the public to take to the streets on July 3 in the neighbourhood of Government House in sustained bid to press Prayut out of the premiership.
The anti-government demonstration led by the Thais Do Not Tolerate group was planned to proceed from Democracy Monument on Rajadamnern Avenue to a street outside Government House on July 3.
Members of the Ratsadorn Group, or People’s Party, during their rally at the Democracy Monument on June 24, 2021 to mark the 89th anniversary of the revolution by the Khana Ratsadon that transformed Thailand from an absolute to a constitutional monarchy. Photos: Matichon