'Republic' hashtag trends in Thailand as protest anger simmers

'Republic' hashtag trends in Thailand as protest anger simmers

Monday, September 28, 2020

Print this page Email A Friend!


BANGKOK, Thailand (AFP) — An unprecedented “republic” hashtag went viral on Thai social media on the weekend as pro-democracy activists vented their frustration at delays to constitutional reforms they blame on the kingdom's premier.

Thailand has seen near-daily protests for the past two months, calling for reform of the monarchy and the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha, a former army chief who led a 2014 coup.

Lawmakers had been expected to vote on constitutional changes overnight Thursday, but these will now be further scrutinised by a parliamentary committee.

More than a thousand people rallied outside Parliament as junta-picked senators and members of the ruling coalition made the decision.

The protesters accuse the Government of trying to “buy time”, a claim Prayut rejected on Friday.

He said some of the proposals were unacceptable to many Thai people and parliament's decision reflected that, denying he had masterminded the move.

The prime minister did not order it,” he told reporters.

The hashtag #RepublicofThailand was trending on Twitter in the kingdom and had garnered 865,000 tweets by early Friday evening.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn sits at the apex of Thai power, supported by an arch-royalist military and the kingdom's billionaire clans.

The royal family enjoys support from mostly older conservatives and Thailand's monarchy is protected by one of the world's toughest royal defamation laws.

The ultra-wealthy monarch spends much of his time in Europe, but he was in Bangkok last week to mark Prince Mahidol Day, laying a wreath at his grandfather's statue.


Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaper-login


ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT