Thailand: new pro-democracy demonstration to demand the departure of the Prime Minister

They were nearly 2000 people in the streets of Bangkok to make their message heard to the Prime Minister: the social truce was only due to the anti-covid restrictions and the activists still demand the departure of Prayutha Chan-ocha.

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In Thailand, pro-democracy activists took to the streets again on Saturday.

It was the first major protest in over a year as anti-Covid restrictions begin to ease and the protests are determined to put the pressure back on the prime minister.

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With our correspondent in Bangkok

,

Carol Isoux

They were nearly 2,000 people in the streets of Bangkok to make their message heard to the Prime Minister: the social truce was only due to anti-Covid restrictions.

And activists are still demanding the departure of

Prayuth Chan-ocha

, a former soldier who came to power in a coup in 2014, legitimized a few years later in a controversial ballot.

For Mo Pet, a general practitioner who has come to help with the health service, it is also a question, with the general elections approaching next year, of making the military elites understand that the pro-democracy camp has the intention to regain power: " 

The Thai people came in large numbers to remind Prayuth that we want them to leave, him and his clique... We are not manipulated by any political group, we think for ourselves and one came freely.

I just hope there will be no violence.

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The election of a

new governor in Bangkok

a little over two weeks ago raised a lot of hope.

Some see it as an opportunity to restore the former 'red' populist camp to power, but for the new generation, who make up the majority of protesters, it's mostly about turning the page on military government and gaining more freedoms. , particularly in the area of ​​freedom of expression.

To listen: Thailand: the face-to-face between royalists and pro-democrats continues

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