In Thailand, protests continue calling for the resignation of the prime minister, democratic reforms and constraints on the power of the monarchy. Five leaders in the youth-led pro-democracy movement reported to Thai police today as they face charges related to defaming the monarchy. On Sunday, thousands marched to a military barracks, where one of the five protest leaders called for military power to come fully under government control.
Parit Chiwarak: “Control of the King’s Guard should be brought under the government’s rule, the government that the people elected. For the king to have a direct command means intervening in governance and using his excessive power. An army should belong to the people, not the king.”
Meanwhile, protesters are warning of a possible military coup attempt, which they say they will do everything they can to oppose. Thailand has seen many coups over the years, most recently in 2014, which installed the current prime minister.