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Tens of thousands showed up for Bangkok protests against monarchy

Christian Fernsby |
Tens of thousands of people showed up on Saturday en masse in Bangkok to protest against the current government and the role of the revered monarchy.

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Topics: BANGKOK   

Police said some 15,000 to 20,000 people showed up for the protests, while protest organisers say some 50,000 were present.

Social media posts claim 100,000 people showed up.

There were no reports of violence.

More than 8,000 police officers showed up.

Protests on the streets have been called for the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, and the reform of the political system.

The protests on Saturday moved from the campus of Thammasat University to a park next to a grand palace used for royal ceremonies.

Criticism of the monarchy is punishable by 15 years in jail due to the strictest lese majeste laws in the world.

Publicly involving the monarchy in political disputes is something new in Thailand and an inflammatory move.