A GROUP of Ukrainians, foreigners of other nationalities and Thais marched in support of Ukraine from Lumpini Park to Benjakitti Park today (Feb. 29), Naewna newspaper said.
The participants in the bustling march urged world leaders to stop Russia’s invasion.
The Bangkok march is among a large number of anti-war protests taking place around the world to demonstrate against Russian aggression.
Thousands of people gathered in London, Sydney, Geneva, Frankfurt, Berlin, Athens, Helsinki and other cities, with many demonstrators carrying the Ukrainian colours and banners denouncing Russia’s invasion, Dw.com said.
Many of those attending rallies have been calling for their governments to take tougher action against Russia, while expressing support for the people of Ukraine. The demonstrations follow similar protests seen around the world, including in Russia, since Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine on Thursday.
In Switzerland, organisers said around 20,000 people flooded the streets of the capital of Bern.
In Geneva, hundreds gathered outside the headquarters of the United Nations with posters reading: “Say no to Putin.”
In London, hundreds marched on the Russian embassy and smeared fake blood at the front of the embassy.
“You look at the people gathered here and everybody is scared… We had peace for 80 years and all of a sudden, war is back in Europe,” said a protester among a gathering of around 2,500 in Munich’s Karlsplatz square.
There were thousands of people in the German city of Frankfurt on Saturday with a rally organised by the co-ruling Green Party under the slogan, “Solidarity with Ukraine — Peace in Eastern Europe.”
There have also been protests in India, where anger has been directed at Nato and Western powers.
“The kind of aggression we are witnessing in Ukraine has been forced by the US through Nato and also the Russian military forces who have entered Ukraine. Both are responsible for this situation,” said a student activist at a protest in New Delhi.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy tweeted about a large protest in Estonia, saying: “The largest demonstration in the modern history of Estonia took place in support of Ukraine. I am grateful to the Estonian people for their solidarity in these difficult times.”
The march in support of Ukraine in Bangkok. All photos: Naewna