Bangkok : Thousands of people protested in the heart of Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, in the first protests after Prime Minister Pra Yut Chan Ocha ignored his resignation deadline on Saturday night.
It was also the first major armed forces show since Prawis took urgent action on October 15, which drew tens of thousands of people into the streets after taking urgent steps to stop three-month protests against the government and monarchy.
Protest leader Jatupat “Pai” Boonpattararaksa said when people shouted “Let’s pray,” “if he does not resign, we must ask him to quit peacefully”.
The Prime Minister’s office posted a post on Twitter saying it would not quit. He said the crisis should be discussed in Congress, which will hold special meetings on Monday and Tuesday.
However, his opponents have little faith in meetings ruled by his supporters.
There were no indications of a major police presence around the protesters at the Ratchaprasong intersection, a moving place for protesters, where the bloodshed in 2010 broke out in security forces crackdown on dissident protests.
Government spokesmen will not use force and have urged people to maintain peace and respect the law.
In a calm atmosphere, a group of drag queens gathered to show off the show.
Demonstrations after mid-July put the greatest pressure on the establishment, especially with calls for breaking taboos to limit the monarchy power of King Mahabahiral Longkorn.
On Monday, the protesters are currently in Thailand but plan to march to the German embassy with a message to the king who spends most of his time in Germany.
“Going to the German embassy reflects that the apparent problem of exercising the king’s power makes many people uncomfortable and questioning whether it violates German law,” said activist Piyarat “Toto” Chongthep.
Protesters pursue Prayuth’s departure and a new constitution. He rejects their accusations of designing last year’s elections to maintain the power he first took in the 2014 coup. They have also made military domination possible for decades, calling for a suppression of the monarchy.