FOUR ACTIVIST groups joined together in holding a demonstration at the Victory Monument this afternoon (Oct. 1) to demand that the Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha quit with participants dressed in black to mourn the country’s future, Matichon newspaper said this evening.
This protest was mounted after the Constitutional Court ruled that Gen. Prayut’s eight-year tenure started in 2017, the year in which the coup junta-designed constitution was promulgated, and lasts until 2025.
Demanding that not only Prayut quit but also the system he installed be removed were the Thalu Fah, Thammasat Coalition and Assembly, Labour Network for People’s Rights and We volunteer (WEVO) groups.
The demonstrators had hung up a large cloth banner with the message “Prayut system get out” as well as put up placards with various message on the the Phayathai island such as “Enough – 8 years of Prayut – stop (justice)” and “Prayut system and friends of Prayut get out.”
Many of the participants were dressed in black in keeping with an announcement made at the skywalk over Pathumwan intersection yesterday that people mourn the political system and the country’s future during Oct. 1-7.
Various activities took place with Amnesty International Thailand having set up a booth for participants to read “messages from friends in prison” and to “leave a message for friends in prison.”
Mr. Chokdee Rompruek, or Alek, a musician who fights for democracy, gave a performance while Mr. Jatupat Boonpattararaksa, or Pai Daodin, also joined today’s demonstration.
Scenes from today’s demonstration at the Victory Monument. Photos: Matichon