Several hundred people – thousands according to some sources – have demonstrated in Bangkok this Saturday to protest the military government and to demand democratic reform in the first major protest after the corona virus was lifted.
The rally called by the Free Youth Group took place at the Bangkok Democracy Monument. Protesters have called for the dissolution of parliament and a new constitution, the Bangkok Post newspaper reports.
The decree prohibits public gatherings, but the authorities have indicated that it will not apply to political acts as long as they are peaceful.
Hundreds of police officers were deployed to ensure security and order, even though the protest was uneventful. “Nobody here hates the nation,” said one of the protesters. At some point the national anthem was even sung.