Following the court order to dissolve pro-democracy Future Foward Party (FPP) in February, tension has been mounting in the capital in a bid to push for political reform.
The latest protest demands a revised constitution and is also calling for reform of the monarchy – a sensitive subject in Thailand, as anyone criticising the royal family faces long prison sentences.
There have been almost daily student-led demonstrations in recent weeks and several protest leaders have been arrested.
But organisers said they hoped Sunday’s rally would show broader support for change beyond the student groups. Bangkok police said on Sunday evening that about 10,000 attended the protest. “We want a new election and a new parliament from the people,” 24-year-old student activist Patsalawalee Tanakitwiboonpon told the cheering crowd.
“Lastly, our dream is to have a monarchy which is truly under the constitution.”
Observers said Sunday’s protest at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument was one of the biggest anti-government demonstrations since Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha took power in a 2014 coup.
News source: BBC