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Democracy, LGBTQ activists stage downtown demonstration

 

THE United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) and lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and queer (LGTBQ) groups staged a demonstration at Ratchaprasong intersection this afternoon (Nov. 28) to push for abolition of Criminal Code Section 112, or the lese majeste law, and obtain marriage equality, Matichon newspaper said.

Booths were set up to collect signatures, with iLaw doing so to repeal Section 112 while LGTBQ groups to amend Section 1448 of Civil and Commercial Code that defines marriage as being between “a man and a woman.”

The activist group Thalu Fa (Through the Sky) that has been demonstrating for an extend period to pressure Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to step down and abolition of Section 112 also set up a booth there with a large cloth banner saying, ” #marriage equality and sale of Thalu Fah chili paste for 40 baht.”

Condoms were distributed free to prevent unplanned pregnancies.

At 3.55 p.m. Amnesty International joined in by opening a “Write, Change the World” booth to get people to sign up in support of the Ukrainian Sphere NGO started by Anna Sharyhina and Vira Chernygina to provide a safe space for women and LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex) people in a country where often people are attacked and harassed for their identity. 

Sphere NGO has suffered numerous discriminatory attacks because of their work. Since 2017, the organisation has been attacked almost 30 times by homophobic groups – they smashed windows, doused the building with urine and smeared faeces on the walls. They broke up events and intimidated staff members who are just trying to support the LGBTI community in Ukraine. Anna and Vira report them to the police, but no one is held accountable.

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The demonstration at Ratchaprasong intersection today. Photos: Matichon


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