The Government of Thailand decreed in the early hours of this Thursday the state of emergency due to protests against the Executive that surrounded the Government House, and the authorities proceeded to break up the demonstration and arrest some of its leaders.
The authorities have meetings of more than four people are prohibited and the publication of news that may “harm national security”, according to the announcement of the new measures televised by the public channel.
Thousands of protesters Pro-democracy members took to the streets of Bangkok’s historic center on Wednesday to demand the resignation of the Government and reforms to limit the power of the military and the monarchy, the latter a very controversial issue in the country.
The protest, which coincided with the anniversary of the 1973 student revolution, was generally peaceful and registered an unprecedented gesture of rebellion when protesters they surrounded the passage of the caravan of cars where members of the royal house traveled, including Queen Suthida.
The image of this face to face contrasts with the recent past, when Thais they knelt before the passage of the royal caravan.
The Government justifies the state of emergency to end the protests, which began in July and have gone gaining strength, and to maintain peace and order.
The taboo of the monarchy
After the measures were published, which also took effect immediately, the Police began to disperse hundreds of protesters who spent the night in front of the Executive headquarters and, according to the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights group, arrested at least three of the leaders of the demonstrations.
The main demand of the protests is the resignation of the Government, led by the coup general Prayut Chan-ocha, and a new Constitution, since the current one was drawn up by the old military junta (2014-2019), in addition to reduce Army influence in politics.
The most controversial claim is the reform of the monarchy, a taboo subject until recently due to the great respect that the institution and the lese majesty law have inspired, which provides penalties of up to 15 years in prison for those who criticize the crown.
Monarch Vajiralongkorn, what’s up much of his time in Germany, He arrived last weekend to participate in religious ceremonies and the anniversary of the death of his father, the revered Bhumibol Adulyadej, who passed away on October 13, 2016.