Protest Fest: Art and performances to headline just-announced Saturday rally ‘Mob Fest’

Pro-democracy organizers announced at noon today that their next mass rally will begin at 2pm Saturday at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument. 

Aiming for a festival vibe, about 20 protest groups banding together in yet another coalition as “Mob Fest,” plan to campaign on “all the issues” with an event featuring performances, art and speeches.

Four days after the last rally saw thousands of protesters march to the Grand Palace bearing letters for the king, the newly minted “Mob Fest” Facebook page made the announcement.

“Mob Fest will open a space for protest from 2pm on Nov. 14 to campaign on all issues related to the constitution, from the fringes to the capital, from the sidewalk to the monarchy,” read its announcement. 

“We grew up with music festivals hosted by investors. Now it’s time we take the road to sing, play, dance and speak at a festival truly by the people, for the people,” it reads.

The group added that it would be monitoring parliament’s upcoming debate of a bill on amending the constitution, a key protest demand.

Despite announcing that the rally would start at the Democracy Monument, the group did not state where it will end up. The ongoing series of protests have seen details withheld until the last minute to avoid tipping off the authorities.

Mob Fest includes more than 20 groups including Bad Student, Free Arts and Women Freedom Thailand.

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