Bangkok police shut down ‘climate strike’ in Lumphini Park (Photos)

Climate Strike Thailand supporters join a “die-in” late Friday afternoon at Bangkok’s Lumphini Park. Photo: Joshua James
Climate Strike Thailand supporters join a “die-in” late Friday afternoon at Bangkok’s Lumphini Park. Photo: Joshua James

All photos Joshua James

About 100 people gathered to demand action on climate change by staging a die-in at Lumphini Park on Friday – at least until the police ejected them.

Dozens had gathered in the shadow of the King Rama VI statue near Sala Daeng intersection to lie on the ground and pose as “victims” of climate change when officers arrived to disperse the crowd. One organizer said the police told them that protesting by the royal statue was forbidden.

A police officer who would not give me his name said it was disrespectful to demonstrate on “sacred ground” in front of the statue, even if it’s for a good cause. He said it was as disrespectful as “demonstrating in the palace.”

Similar events were held around the world on Friday as part of a movement started by Swedish teen Greta Thunberg.

Coconuts’ Teirra Kamolvatthanavith was there for two live-streamed reports.

Climate Strike Thailand supporters join a 'die-in' late Friday afternoon at Bangkok's Lumphini Park. Photo: Joshua James
Climate Strike Thailand supporters join a “die-in” late Friday afternoon at Bangkok’s Lumphini Park. Photo: Joshua James
Organizer Nanticha "Lynn" Ocharoenchai gestures from a group of protesters Friday in Lumphini Park.
Organizer Nanticha “Lynn” Ocharoenchai gestures from a group of protesters Friday in Lumphini Park.
Police arrive to disperse the protest just before 6pm on Friday.
Police arrive to disperse the protest just before 6pm on Friday.

Ralyn “Lilly” Satidtanasarn

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