The protests in Thailand have been going on for months. Over the past three months, anti-government activists have also broken taboos by calling for reforms against monarchy.
For protester said they planned to gather on Wednesday at the Bangkok Democracy Monument before moving to the Thai Prime Minister’s Official House and would camp there overnight.
Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan told reporters that he did not predict a large number of protesters at the rally on Wednesday.
“We are ready and not worried. I think we can handle it, “said Prawit on Monday (12/10/2020) as quoted from Reuters.
The protest leaders, who are organizing under a new banner called the People’s Movement, say their focus is on changing the constitution before the parliament that sits on November 1, 2019.
“We also want to expel Prayuth,” said Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, one of the protest leaders.
Panusaya added that he expects more people to participate than at last month’s protests in Bangkok.
Protesters say the constitution has been engineered to ensure that Prayuth, who first seized power in a 2014 coup, continues to take office after last year’s general election.
Meanwhile, Prayuth denied the allegations and said that the result of the general election was fair.
Some protesters also want the reduction of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s powers to reflect Thailand’s status as a constitutional monarchy.
Raja Maha is likely to confront the demonstrators as his motorcade will pass the Democracy Monument on Wednesday.
He will preside over ceremonies at royal temples during a rare visit to Thailand.
Police said they would urge protesters to choose another location or at least make way for a motorcade.
Arnon Nampa, one of the leaders of the protests, said last week that the demonstrators would not get in the way of the motorcade.
But they would show a three-finger salute, a symbol of resistance, if the king’s motorcade passed.