Anti-government rallies in Thailand extend beyond Bangkok

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The rallies joined by thousands of people across Thailand which is demanding that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha step down has attracted more people and extended beyond Bangkok.

The rallies which were organized by the pro-democracy group the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration (UFTD), have expanded to areas like Maha Sarakham, Khon Kaen, Buriram, Chachoengsao, Nakhon Pathom, Nonthaburi, Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Phetcabhuri and Songkhla.

The UFTD in a statement called for a new democratic constitution “without any intervention from the government or royal institutions.”

“We demand monarchy reform. Do not extend royal power beyond the borders of democracy,” it said in a statement.

The call came as the Thai government ordered national broadcasting regulators to take down content by four media outlets and the Facebook page of a protest group on 19th October, 2020.

The targeted media sites were Voice TV, Prachatai, The Standard and The Reporters.

The order said some of their reports violated the “Emergency Decree, which bans the broadcasting of information that affects national security and the good morals of the people.”

It however did not specify which news reports were problematic.

Meanwhile, their representatives insist that they did not break any laws and would continue to their operations.

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