Earlier this evening, the pro-democracy group “We Want Voting” gathered at the Tha Phrachan campus of Thammasat University in a move to pressure the military government to resign and finally hold an election they have pushed back four times since the 2014 coup.
The group has promised an “unarmed, peaceful gathering,” with speeches and symbolic activities. They plan to march to the Government House at 7am tomorrow morning.
The protest is being led by Rangsiman Rome, the Thammasat graduate and pro-democracy activist who last staged a protest against the junta in January.
“[The] We Want Voting Movement insists that a gathering without weapons is a basic human right as stated in the Thai Constitution and The Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” said their online statement, published today.
They said that the government’s ban on public gatherings is a violation of people’s rights and that Thailand cannot be a true democratic country without the political participations of citizens.
“We would like to strongly condemn this act of terror [banning of protests] and insist that freedom of expression must be respected at all cost. We will continue to hold the meeting according to our plan and never ever surrender to the NCPO system which attempt to rule the society with injustice,” the statement reads.
You can watch a live-stream of the gathering here: