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Thai Protesters Demand Prime Minister to Resign Within Three Days

Protesters in Thailand demanded Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to resign within three days after they delivered a draft resignation letter for him on October 21.

Protesters in Thailand demanded Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to resign within three days after they delivered a draft resignation letter for him on October 21.

Protest leader Patsaravelee “Mind” Tanakitvibulpon told the crowd of protesters in Bangkok, “Our fight isn’t over as long as he doesn’t resign. If within three days he doesn’t resign, he will face the people again.”

Protesters handed out a mock resignation letter to government offices for the prime minister after he announced that he was considering lifting the emergency decree that banned protests.

“I will make the first move to de-escalate this situation. I am currently preparing to lift the state of severe emergency in Bangkok and do so promptly if there are no violent incidents,” Prayuth said with no further details.

Shortly after Tanakitvibulpon gave the deadline, police arrested her for charges linked to a protest last October 15.

Newspaper Nikkei Asia reported that Prime Minister Secretary Prateep Keeratireka received the letter that also called for Prayuth to admit to vote-buying in last year’s election and forcing a “bandit constitution.”

Prayuth said that the protesters should wait until the parliament, where he has many supporters, discusses their demands.

“The protesters have made their voices and views heard. It is now time for them to let their views be reconciled with the views of other segments of Thai society,” Prayuth said.

Protesters have been gathering for three months to also demand reform of the monarchy, revision of the constitution, and the release of imprisoned activists.

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