Thousands of protesters took over a major Bangkok intersection on Sunday with posters bearing the faces of arrested activists, defying a ban on gatherings for the fourth day with chants of “down with dictatorship” and “reform the monarchy.”
Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, to rally toward the government headquarters to reiterate calls for an overhaul of the administration and the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha.
The domestic tourism subsidy in Thailand needs another major revamp despite generating three billion baht for the local sector, as just 17 percent of 5.05 million registrants used the benefit over two months, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
The sudden resignation of Thailand’s finance minister for health reasons, less than a month into his term, creates more uncertainty for an economy already bracing for the deepest blow in Asia from the coronavirus pandemic.
Thailand is cautiously looking at plans to reopen its borders as it struggles to survive an extended period without international visitors, who account for about two-thirds of the country’s tourism income.
Thailand's economy saw its biggest annual contraction in 22 years and a record quarterly fall in the April-June period, as the coronavirus pandemic and restriction measures hit tourism, exports and domestic activity, prompting an outlook downgrade.
Thousands of Thai protesters chanting “down with dictatorship” and “the country belongs to the people” joined an anti-government demonstration in Bangkok on Sunday that was one of the biggest since a 2014 coup.
Thailand’s prime minister on Tuesday asked increasingly bold student-led protesters “not to create chaos” after some broke longstanding taboos by openly calling for reform of the constitutional monarchy.