Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: ASIA/THAILAND – Youth protests continue
Bangkok – Sixth consecutive day of protests in Bangkok and other cities in Thailand since October 15. The protests continued every afternoon after police arrested those responsible for the protest and evacuated the protesters’ camp in front of the government building in Bangkok. In order to suppress dissent, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had issued a decree that exacerbated the state of emergency that already existed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. After the decree was approved by the executive on October 16, police used water cannons to disperse the crowd that gathered in the city center in the afternoon. The images went around the world and embarrassed the government which, in the following days, allowed the street demonstrations to take place without the intervention of the police, even if the arrests continued. The government, according to several observers, is undecided between imposing tougher measures or a softer approach, which at the moment seems to prevail. Today, October 20, the government will discuss whether to convene a special session of Parliament to discuss the escalation of the conflict between the protesters and the government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, whose resignation the protest movement is demanding.