People were gathering on foot for another pro-democracy protest, organized by the United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration (UTFD), at Ratchaprasong Intersection in Bangkok this afternoon, September 3rd.
Protest leader Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul also was present at the site since the start of the gathering at around 4:00 PM. Many symbolic activities and speeches were held to represent their political ideas, including the abolishment of the lese majeste law (Section 112), the failure of government management of the Covid-19 situation, and the demand for Prime Minister Prayut Chan O’Cha’s resignation.
Handwritten slogans with banners were hung around the site and graffiti was decorated on the road to express the protesters’ thoughts and angst against the government.
Minimal police officers were reportedly stationed at the site for security checks against the participants, to observe the situation, and manage the traffic. No riot police were present and the situation was overall peaceful.
According to iLaw, more than 1,000 protesters had participated in the protest as of 6:00 P.M. TPN media does not independently estimate crowd sizes as an editorial policy. Many pro-democracy activists, including Jatupat “Pai Dao Din” Boonpattararaksa’s father, were also giving anti-government speeches and conducting symbolic performances.
Shortly after calling the end of the demonstration, protesters burnt piles of papers with political messages and mock-up puppets representing the corpses of those who died from Covid-19 before starting a bonfire and dancing around in a circle.
Police closely observed the situation but did not interfere. The UTFD pro-democracy demonstration eventually was peacefully called off at the gathering at around 8:15 PM.
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