- Thai city of Bangkok protests exploded.
- Thai police launched a clearing action at around 19:00, shut down the adjacent roads and metro stations.
- Police fired blue water jet containing gas againd protesters with water cannon vehicles.
Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand told reporters that he will consider legal measures against anyone who has broken the prohibition on democratic assemblies after having an emergency cabinet meeting on Fridays. Prayut also advised reporters that a curfew may be enforced if the crisis escalates.
Days in the Thai city of Bangkok protests exploded, but the government’s emergency declaration has not alleviated them. On the 16th, thousands of protesters for the second day in a row broke the prohibition and went on the streets requesting that Prime Minister Prayuth step down and met the riot police.
On the 16th, an anti-government rally grew again in the rain in Bangkok, according to the Thailand “Bangkok Message.” The venue of the demonstration was relocated to the intersection of Pathumwang from Ratchaprasong the day before.
The Thai police launched a clearing action at around 19:00, shut down the adjacent roads and metro stations, and fired blue water jet containing gas againd protesters with water cannon vehicles.
Protestors protested and threatened the officers with umbrellas. There was a minor physical altercation between the two sides on the line of security. Then a delegate of the demonstrator declared that night the protest would stop.
The Bangkok Post said that Prayut notified reporters of his inability to pursue legal action against people who breached the political ban after he was chairing a meeting of the emergency cabinet on Friday. The government would proceed because the scenario is getting volatile, it may take 30 days, or if the scenario eases, it is being cut down.
Prayut has told reporters if the situation upgrades, there might be a curfew. He told the government that it will be appropriate to proceed to do so since the situation is becoming volatile.
Early on the morning of the 15th, the Thai Government released an emergency order banning gatherings of more than 5 citizens. Up to 30 days of prosecution and imprisonment of violators. The declaration also forbids the dissemination of news that is harmful to national defense.
On the 16th, “Bangkok Post” announced that a human rights lawyer claimed a total of 51 individuals, including several protestor members, had been detained within the last four days, and many of whom had been denied the chance to be freed under parole.
Furthermore, the Thai police detained two men on Friday, who were suspected by the Royal Convoy on Wednesday of “criminal crimes” against Queen Southside. They are met with at least 16 years’ jail and a lifetime limit.
Thailand wants citizens who value the land and the monarchy, said King Maha Vajiralongkorn in a pre-written speech that day on National TV in Reuters’ 16th Article. According to Reuters, Wajiralongkorn did not discuss the recent demands from the demonstration to reduce the control of the royal family.
The Associated Press said the anti-government protests this year were started in March in Bangkok, Thailand. At that point, re-elections and legislative reforms were the main demands. But in August the campaign took an impressive turn and students started voicing questions regarding monarchy. He was questioned without a precedent and called in for a monarchy overhaul.