Bangkok protesters return to the streets to pressure Prime Minister

Thousands of people protested in Bangkok on Sunday in the first demonstration since the Prime Minister ignored their Saturday night deadline to resign.

“I don’t know when we will win the victory,” Jatupat Boonpattararaksa, protest leader, said. “But if we don’t fight we will lose.”

Prayut Chan-o-cha, Thailand’s Prime Minister, has been at the centre of the uproar in the country, as protestors claim he rigged an election last year to keep hold of power he seized in a 2014 coup. He says the election was fair.

Protesters also accuse the monarchy of enabling years of military domination and want to curb the king’s powers.

Royalist group Thai Pakdee said Prayuth was Thailand’s legitimate prime minister.

“Calls by the government’s opposition for the Prime Minister to resign are only ploys to precipitate and encourage unlawful public demonstrations whereby the final aim is to undermine Thailand’s monarchical institution,” it said in a statement. 

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