Pro-democracy students protest at Democracy Monument

A day after marching to demand the prosecution of the security forces demanding their arrest, students activists this evening are gathered at the Democracy Monument.

Holding banners reading “Long Live Democracy,” the student dissidents led a rally from Thammasat’s Thaprajan campus to pay respect at various monuments to past popular uprisings before arriving at the Democracy Monument.

The activists are led by a fourth-year Thammasat student called Rangsiman Rome, who made comments opposing the military’s grip on power and saying they do not recognize its authority or legitimacy.

Security forces are on the scene, but so far no arrests have been reported.

The student group consists of Bangkok activists joined by the so-called “Dao Din” group of activists from Khon Khaen University and their supporters. Both groups of students have been asked to turn themselves in to authorities for staging rallies on the May 22 anniversary of the coup.

After taunting the police to arrest them for several days, the students from Khon Kaen joined those in Bangkok to march on the Pathumwan Police Station to file a complaint of police brutality.

A 10-hour standoff ensued, as police would not allow them in to make their complaint.


Photo: Dao Din / Thai Students Center for Democracy



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