Anti-Thai Government Protesters Have Three Demands

The police forced demonstrators to reroute 3 times due to pushback during recent anti-government protests. The original plan was for protesters to meet at the Democracy Monument at 2 pm today and march to the Grand Palace, as pro-monarchy groups called on the army to bolster the historic complex they called a sacred place. Police met protesters with tear gas, rubber bullets, and water cannons to drive them back.
A few hundred protesters from Redeem, a group of pro-democracy groups brought together by the Free Youth movement, gathered two hours early, at noon, at Democracy Monument. However, police closed off the area 20 minutes later and told the crowds to disperse.
Using containers and tanker train cars provided by the State Railway of Thailand, the Grand Palace set up a defense perimeter on the other side of their planned march. Police reportedly fired rubber bullets around 1 pm to clear the crowd. Several journalists have filed a lawsuit against the Royal Thai Police for using rubber bullets against protesters and the press. There were at least two arrests at that location.
When the police pushed the protesters off the original path, angry demonstrators attacked the police with catapults and firecrackers.
After being blocked from their original route, Free Youth announced on Facebook they would meet at Government House instead. Shipping container walls had already been erected there, preventing the demonstration from continuing. A truck with mounted loudspeakers announced the venue change, directing protesters to move to Victory Monument and prepare to march to PM Prayut Chan-o-cha’s residence at the 11th Infantry Regiment.
In their third attempt at a march, proactive police already had shipping containers and barbed wire stacked along the route, along with barriers holding back crowd control police as they pushed them back towards Victory Monument.
As agitated protesters tried to move shipping containers at the Din Daeng intersection after 3:30 pm, tear gas canisters were fired into the crowd. Demonstrators set fire to a police van if protesters didn’t retreat and police threatened with rubber bullets. A final push by police at 5:30 pm was made to move crowds back to the Victory Monument, using water cannons, tear gas, rubber bullets, and police lining the skywalk above the area to fire down upon the crowd.
A call was made by Free Youth to end the rally officially at 5:30 pm, but many protesters remained and clashed with police into the night.
As the protesters’ cause gains traction, more people are becoming frustrated with the government’s handling of Covid-19, prompting more demonstrations. Today’s protesters called for three goals – the resignation of PM Prayut, a budget cut for the monarchy and military to fund Cov

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