Thai pro-democracy demonstrators stage car protest yesterday to symbolically perform political disobedience against current government

Bangkok –

Pro-democracy protesters had participated in a car-honking protest at the Democracy Monument of Bangkok yesterday, July 3rd, to demand the resignation of the Prayut Chan-O’Cha and his government.

The demonstration was announced by political activist Sombat Bunngam-anong, aka “Bo Ko Lai Jut” (Polka Dot Editor), and began at around 5:00 PM. at the heart of Bangkok.

The honking protest was symbolically adapted from when drivers tend to honk their horns as automatic signals when reaching blind spots. It was, therefore, applied to Thailand’s political situation in which Thai people could not see the future of their own country, according to the protesters.

A number of cars from several pro-democracy groups had arrived and fully occupied Rachadumnoen Road before starting to drive and beep horns along Phan Fa Lilat bridge, Nang Loeng Intersection, and heading to the Ratchaprasong Intersection in the evening.

More vehicles were spotted joining the honking parade along their way to the intersection which they reached at around 7:00 PM. The honking sound was heard throughout the journey.

Meanwhile, Bangkok Metropolitan Police warned that driving in a procession that could be seen as obstructing traffic and causing trouble or danger to other road users is considered illegal regarding road safety.

All rally participants and their vehicles would be allegedly charged an offense under Section 43(8) of the Land Traffic Act. The investigating officers had the right to propose to the court in order to confiscate the vehicles. They were recorded with video and audio recordings by traffic surveillance cameras being installed in various places, especially around the Democracy Monument.

Some protesters had staged honking protests in several areas around Bangkok before they joined the major group that planned to move from Ratchaprasong and continue protesting at the Victory Monument at around 7:40 PM.

The protest was called off at around 7:47 PM. via Telegram Application. About 50 cars from pro-democracy groups were heading to the Government House to stage the protest. The overall situation remained peaceful and watchful by the police officials.

Photo Courtesy: iLaw

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