Police tried to break up an anti-establishment protest in Bangkok, Thailand, today (June 24) as unrest resumed following the Covid-19 pandemic.
The activists converged on the city to mark the anniversary of the country’s 1935 revolution which saw the end of absolute monarchy. The youngsters made a bonfire to burn a copy of the country’s constitution before walking to several locations in the city.
Protesters say they are still furious at the military government lead by soldier Prayut Chan-o-cha and excesses from the king – best known for wearing crop tops and bringing his mistress to state events.
Several marches took place at locations across the city, defying an emergency law banning gatherings of more than 50 people due to the spread of the coronavirus.
Despite police attempting to disperse crowds, the rally continued.
Demonstrators are calling for a change to the country’s constitution and the scaling back of power held by Maha Vajiralongkorn, who splits his time between Thailand and a luxury hotel in Germany.
However, the movement has been slammed by large parts of the country who are supportive of the regime and the monarchy, with many believing the ‘democracy’ movement to be funded by disaffected opposition.