Thai Authorities Block Bangkok March on Coup Anniversary

2 years ago tajikistannewsgazette.com Comments Off on Thai Authorities Block Bangkok March on Coup Anniversary

BANGKOK, THAILAND �

Police in the Thai capital blocked a march Tuesday by pro-democracy activists protesting four years of military rule and detained several of the movement's leaders.

About 3,200 officers were deployed, police said, to prevent about 200 demonstrators from defying a junta ban on protests with a march from a Bangkok university campus to Government House, where they were to demand that elections be held this year.

Faced with barricades, a tropical downpour and lines of police, the protesters dueled with authorities by loudspeaker, trying to outshout police warnings that the demonstration would tarnish Thailand's image, scare tourists and cause congestion.

Activist Seriwith Seritiwat said the protesters would "never back down," and tempers briefly flared as they pushed and shoved with police.

By late afternoon the demonstrators began to disperse after police said they were charging protest leaders with violating the law on assembly. Three of he leaders turned themselves in.

Tuesday was the fourth anniversary of a bloodless coup in 2014 that toppled Thailand's elected government, the country's second coup in less than a decade.

The junta vowed reform and reconciliation for a politically divided Thailand but its rule has been tarnished by corruption scandals and repeated postponement of promised elections.

The protesters, mainly middle-aged and elderly people led by a core of student activists, have been holding regular rallies for the last few months, calling for the junta to resign. Its most recent promise of elections is for February next year, but the protesters want the junta to stick to an earlier pledge to hold them in November.

Political gatherings of five or more people are banned by the military government, which has regularly summoned its opponents to military bases for what it calls "attitude adjustment."

Amnesty International used the anniversary of the military takeover to reiterate its calls for the junta, known formally as the National Council for Peace and Order, to restore civil rights in the country.

"The sweeping and wholly unjustified restrictions on human rights put in place by the NCPO in the wake of the coup were supposed to be exceptional and temporary measures," Katherine Gerson, the group's Southeast Asia campaigner, said in a statement. "Four years on and countless abuses later, they remain firmly in place and are relentlessly deployed by authorities."

Analysts say junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha, who led the coup and is now prime minister, is keeping a tight grip on political activity and dissent and is maneuvering to retain power even if elections are held.

Source: Voice of America

Related Posts

Nearly TJS42 million reportedly misappropriated during the implementation of the Affordable Housing Project

tajikistannewsgazette.com 2 months ago
In a report released at a news conference in Dushanbe, the Accounts Chamber head Qarakhon Chillazoda revealed on January 30 that nearly 42 million somoni (TJS) have been... Read More

‘Kite Runner’ Author Pens Tribute to Refugees Who Die Fleeing War

tajikistannewsgazette.com 2 years ago
Kite Runner" author Khaled Hosseini urged world leaders to "act with compassion" towards refugees as he launched his new book inspired by a Syrian boy who drowned in the... Read More

Kuwaiti Cultural Days Begins in Tajikistan

tajikistannewsgazette.com 6 months ago
Yesterday, the Minister of Culture of Tajikistan Shamsiddin Orumbekzoda met with the Deputy Secretary General of the Kuwait's National Council of Culture, Literature and Art Badr al-Duwaishi at the... Read More

Assembly of Representatives Adopts the Law to Advance Tajik Handicrafts

tajikistannewsgazette.com 11 months ago
The draft Law of Tajikistan On Handicraft was thoroughly reviewed and adopted yesterday at the meeting of the deputies of the Assembly of Representatives of the Supreme Assembly of... Read More

Thai Authorities Block Bangkok March on Coup Anniversary

2 years ago tajikistannewsgazette.com Comments Off on Thai Authorities Block Bangkok March on Coup Anniversary

BANGKOK, THAILAND �

Police in the Thai capital blocked a march Tuesday by pro-democracy activists protesting four years of military rule and detained several of the movement's leaders.

About 3,200 officers were deployed, police said, to prevent about 200 demonstrators from defying a junta ban on protests with a march from a Bangkok university campus to Government House, where they were to demand that elections be held this year.

Faced with barricades, a tropical downpour and lines of police, the protesters dueled with authorities by loudspeaker, trying to outshout police warnings that the demonstration would tarnish Thailand's image, scare tourists and cause congestion.

Activist Seriwith Seritiwat said the protesters would "never back down," and tempers briefly flared as they pushed and shoved with police.

By late afternoon the demonstrators began to disperse after police said they were charging protest leaders with violating the law on assembly. Three of he leaders turned themselves in.

Tuesday was the fourth anniversary of a bloodless coup in 2014 that toppled Thailand's elected government, the country's second coup in less than a decade.

The junta vowed reform and reconciliation for a politically divided Thailand but its rule has been tarnished by corruption scandals and repeated postponement of promised elections.

The protesters, mainly middle-aged and elderly people led by a core of student activists, have been holding regular rallies for the last few months, calling for the junta to resign. Its most recent promise of elections is for February next year, but the protesters want the junta to stick to an earlier pledge to hold them in November.

Political gatherings of five or more people are banned by the military government, which has regularly summoned its opponents to military bases for what it calls "attitude adjustment."

Amnesty International used the anniversary of the military takeover to reiterate its calls for the junta, known formally as the National Council for Peace and Order, to restore civil rights in the country.

"The sweeping and wholly unjustified restrictions on human rights put in place by the NCPO in the wake of the coup were supposed to be exceptional and temporary measures," Katherine Gerson, the group's Southeast Asia campaigner, said in a statement. "Four years on and countless abuses later, they remain firmly in place and are relentlessly deployed by authorities."

Analysts say junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha, who led the coup and is now prime minister, is keeping a tight grip on political activity and dissent and is maneuvering to retain power even if elections are held.

Source: Voice of America

Related Posts

Exchange of congratulatory telegrams of President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon and the Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani

tajikistannewsgazette.com 4 months ago
Today, the Founder of Peace and National Unity, Leader of the Nation, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon and the Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani exchanged... Read More

Presentation of Credentials to the Federal President of the Federal Republic of Germany

tajikistannewsgazette.com 1 year ago
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tajikistan to the Federal Republic of Germany Sohibnazar Gayratsho presented his credentials to Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the Federal President of... Read More

World Bank to provide 30 million USD to improve Dushanbe residents’ access to safe drinking water

tajikistannewsgazette.com 2 months ago
Dushanbe Mayor Rustam Emomali yesterday received Mr. Jan Peter Olters, World Bank Country Manager for Tajikistan.The Dushanbe Administration press center says the parties discussed issues related to implementation... Read More

Turkish FM Cavusoglu: Syria talks to start in Astana on January 23

tajikistannewsgazette.com 3 years ago

DUSHANBE, 04.01.2017. /NIAT Khovar/. The talks on the settlement of the Syrian armed conflict will begin in Astana, Kazakhstan, on January 23, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on... Read More