Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan Ocha on Tuesday attacked anti-government protesters demanding a constitutional amendment, asserting that “they have gone too far” to call for reform of the monarchy, an institution considered sacred by many in the EU Asian country is considered.
In a statement, the retired general expressed concern about the protests, lamenting that “there are many people with problems waiting for their problems to be resolved”. He has described his stance as “inappropriate”.
His words came after around 4,000 people, most of them students, took to the streets on Monday and shouted “Long live democracy”. During the protests, which met counter-protesters and ardent defenders of the monarchy, critics and activists have proposed a ten-point breadcrumb to dismantle the institution.
As a result, the protesters called for “real constitutional reforms” rather than “simple changes”. Many of them have also called for the resignation of Prayuth, who they do not consider the country’s legitimate leader because they see him as a symbol of military power over Thai politics, according to The Bangkok Post newspaper.