An activist dressed as a giant Pfizer injection at an anti-government protest in Thailand this afternoon September 6.
Opponents of the regime have used the Covid-19 pandemic as a reason to criticise the government, claiming that the country should be receiving the more expensive mRNA vaccines instead of the AstraZeneca shots being widely administered.
Protesters converged at the Asoke junction in the centre of the Thai capital across the road from red-light strip Soi Cowboy where they voiced their anger at the establishment.
Many were wearing red shirts, which had been adopted as a political movement following the ousting of former Man City owner Thaksin Shinawatra as Thai Prime Minister. They were also making the three-finger salute from the Hunger Games, which activists have taken as a symbol of their movement.
Organisers said a series of demonstrations would take place across the city every evening ‘until the prime minister resigns’.
Leader Sombat Boonngam-anong said: ‘We will rally from September 2 onwards until Prayut resigns.’
Thailand’s protest movement erupted last year and stopped briefly at the height of the pandemic fear but has started again in recent weeks.
Organisers claim they are demanding democracy but demonstrations have regularly descended into violence, vandalism and chaos.
Government officials say the unrest is being funded by disaffected opposition, exiled politicians and extremist groups who encourage students to join the protests. They have cited evidence that social media bots are being used to provoke civil disobedience among impressionable youth – who could then face years in prison for getting involved with the anti-establishment rallies.
Officials have banned gatherings of more than five people and rolled out a 9pm curfew due to the Covid-19 pandemic but the laws have been ignored by the demonstrators.