Scuffles erupt at anti-government protest in Bangkok, Thailand

Eufemia Didonato

Pro-democracy protesters on Saturday wrapped a large white cloth around Bangkok’s Democracy Monument on which they wrote messages to the government with their demands and their wishes for the future. Some 20 groups called the rally at the Democracy Monument under the name “Mob Fest” as the latest in a […]

Pro-democracy protesters on Saturday wrapped a large white cloth around Bangkok’s Democracy Monument on which they wrote messages to the government with their demands and their wishes for the future.

Some 20 groups called the rally at the Democracy Monument under the name “Mob Fest” as the latest in a series of protests calling for significant reforms in government.

The core demands of the main student-led protest movement are that Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha step down, the constitution be amended to make it more democratic, and the monarchy be reformed to be made more accountable.

Protesters covered the Democracy monument with the large sheet as part of the rally, taking an opportunity to display their rejection of the country’s power structure directly to the monarch.

The effect of the covering was especially dramatic when lights shone on the monument after dark.

Police initially tried to stop their action, triggering a small clash that left one police officer with a leg injury that caused him to be taken to a hospital.

However, the general atmosphere at the rally was festive as a variety of groups, including secondary school students and feminists, promoted their causes.

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