‘The People’ vow to return to the streets

  • Thailand
  • Sunday, 18 Oct 2020

Standing together: Protesters gathering during an anti-government rally in Bangkok. — AFP

THE newly formed Khana Ratsadon 2563 (People’s Party 2020) has changed its name to Ratsadon (The People), and vowed to hold another rally.

The United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration group yesterday announced the name change on their Facebook page, while condemning the government and the Army for using violence against peaceful protesters at the Pathumwan intersection on Friday evening.

Police used water cannons and shields to force protesters out of the area and back to the front of Chulalongkorn University, from where they dispersed at around 8pm.

“We will hold a rally on Saturday even though most of our leaders have already been arrested, ” said the announcement.

“However, the true leader is the people, not just an individual. From now on there will be no Khana Ratsadon (People’s Party), there will only be Ratsadon (The People), where everyone is a leader.

Conservative royalist Thais are suspicious of the protesters, accusing them of seeking to end the monarchy, an allegation they deny.

However, the activists identify closely with the 1932 revolution that ended the absolute monarchy.

Their movement has in a few months gone through several names, but they recently dubbed themselves Khana Ratsadon after the group of civil servants and military officers behind the historic change. — AFP/The Nation/ANN

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