By Chris Kidd • 17 October 2020 • 12:43
Chemical filled Water Cannons have been used on thousands of protestors who took to the streets in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday, October 17, in a united call for the release of a number of activists who were recently arrested for “violence against the Queen”
The protests are part of ongoing youth-led anti-monarchy sentiment which is continuing to boil over in the country.
Despite the Prime Minister, Prayut Chn-O-Chan, having implemented a national state of emergency, protesters defied the Government order and held a second subsequent night of protests.
Several hundred riot police confronted the 2,000 strong group of protestors, firing water cannons filled with chemicals at the crowd in efforts to disperse them from the city’s main shopping district.
Hundreds more activists created a makeshift barricade only a few hundred metres down the street. They shouted abuse at the officers whilst singing the Thai national anthem.
Design student, Pim, told reporters, “The younger generation will not stand for the status quo any longer.
“The poor are becoming poorer and the rich are becoming richer. The gap is growing.”
Thailand has a particularly powerful monarchy however the increasing disease within the country towards both the Monarchy and the political elite has taken them aback.
The second night of protest where chemical filled water cannons were used was initiated off the back of two very prominent activists who were arrested for “Violence against the Queen”. The police used the rarely used law to detain the activists in an effort to stem the current situation however it appears to have only fanned the flames of discontent.
The two activists, Ekachai Hongkangwan and Bunkueanun Paothong, were charged with the crime after attempting to rush the Queen’s motorcade on Wednesday, October 14.
Paothong said in a Facebook video, “I am accused of trying to harm the queen, I am innocent. That was not my intention.”
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