By Thai Newsroom Reporters
VOCATIONAL students today (July 31) took to the streets of Bangkok riding on their motorcycles and cars in a sustained move to press Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to step down.
Members of the so-called Vocational Protection of the People for Democracy led the anti-Prayut procession, mostly consisting of motorcycles, from Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnoen Avenue to New Phetchaburi road and Ratchaprasong intersection, Ratchaprarop road and finally to Victory Monument.
The young demonstrators hooted their horns, gave the three-fingers salute and shouted ”Prayut Get Out!” along the way whereas policemen kept the road traffic flowing. No violence was reported during the afternoon ”car mob” protest.
Today’s protest on Bangkok streets is expected to be followed tomorrow by massive demonstrations in the ”car mob” style against Prayut who has repeatedly refused to either resign or dissolve parliament amidst criticisms that he has apparently mishandled the pandemic situation as well as the inadequate and delayed procurement and distribution of coronavirus vaccines, thus raising high surges in infection cases and fatalities daily.
About 30 pro-democracy activist groups such as the Thais Do Not Tolerate group, Sombat Tour group and ex-Red Shirt leader Nattawut Saikua have planned to lead tomorrow’s anti-Prayut protests in the provinces in all regions of the country.
The “car mob” protest mounted by vocational students today. Photos: Thai Rath