By Thai Newsroom Reporters
HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST GROUP Thalufah (Through the Sky) today (Aug. 28) managed to erect a red flag on top of Democracy Monument and wrap a huge Pride flag around it in a sustained, symbolic move against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
Street activists climbed up Democracy Monument on Rajadamnern Avenue to put the red flag beside the golden constitution on top of the golden plate with words written on the fluttering flag saying Prayut Get Out, Amend the Constitution and Reform the Monarchy and wrapped the huge Pride flag around the circular monument. Policemen in uniform looked on in the perimeters of the monument and kept the traffic flowing.
However, the token flags would eventually be removed by Bangkok Metropolitan Administration workers shortly after these street activists dispersed.
Last week, a piece of black cloth was wrapped around the golden constitution and plate at the Democracy Monument during such street activism in the afternoon and removed by BMA workers in the late evening.
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A street exhibition and gallery of pictures were put up by some Talufah and Pride activists while others took turns to launch criticism of the Prayut regime and vowed to continue to press him to step down.
Talufah leader Navapol Ton-ngam said the group’s anti-Prayut street protest and activism are being carried out in parallel to a censure debate by the opposition at parliament with intent to press the premier to resign sooner than later. The censure debate is scheduled from Aug. 31 until Sept. 2.
He said the activist group will continue to fight the Prayut regime though several of its leaders as well as others may have been currently detained by police at court orders on sedition and other charges.
The red flag fluttering atop the Democracy Monument with the Pride flag wrapped around it. All photos: Siam Rath