Riot police arrive for anti-government protest today in Thailand


Riot police were this afternoon preparing water cannon trucks for anti-government protests in Bangkok, Thailand, today (Feb 18).

Footage shows the officers arriving on the road leading to the Thai parliament, where MPs are debating the position of military leader Prayuth Chan-o-cha.

Activists have organised a rally named ‘Mob Fest’ in which they will voice anger at the current establishment. A second rally is also scheduled for Saturday.

One of the organisers, student Siraphob Attohi, 22, said the rally will call for a new constitution, Prayut Chan-o-cha’s resignation, and reforms of the monarchy.

Military rulers have stepped up their prosecution of anti-establishment protest leaders in recent weeks.

On Monday, the Court of Appeals rejected the bail requests submitted by the four suspects – Arnon Nampa, Parit Chiwarak, Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, and Patiwat Saraiyam.

They will be detained under royal insult charges for their protest on September 19 until a trial date is fixed.

A court statement read: ‘The actions cause damage to the monarchy, which is widely revered and worshiped. They had no fear of the law and hurt the feelings of loyal subjects in Thailand.’

Anti-establishment protests erupted across Thailand towards the end of 2020. Activists are calling for sweeping social reforms including the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, a new constitution and reforms to the monarchy, which is the wealthiest in the world and commands vast power within the country.