Police in the Khlong Luang district of Thailand’s Pathum Thani province held a group of Thammasat University students in custody today (Saturday), after they seized about 45,000 books, about reform of the Thai Monarchy, which were apparently intended for distribution to protesters at Sanam Luang.
The mostly young demonstrators, who began the day by assembling under a steady rain at the Tha Prachan campus of Thammasat University nearby, have also vowed to press for reform of the monarchy, an issue that has provoked strong reactions from more conservative segments of society.
However, an increasing number of seasoned protest veterans from the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), after keeping a low profile for the past few years, have decided it’s time to throw their support behind the movement.
In lead up to the start of today’s protest, expected to draw a large crowd, Panasaya Sitthichirawattanakul, one of the organisers from the Thammasat Alliance group, says that the Thai monarchy will again” definitely be raised” at the University’s Tha Prachan campus.
She came to the attention of the public, and police, for daring to read out the 10-point manifesto at the August 10 rally, that time held at the Thammasat University’s Rangsit campus.
Vor der geplanten Großdemo gegen Thailands Regierung haben Hunderte Studenten das Uni-Gelände in Bangkok gestürmt. „Es lebe die Demokratie“, riefen sie und brachen die Tore auf.