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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Thailand Pro-Democracy Protesters Reject PM’s Reconciliation Committee

Youth-led protesters have rejected the Prime Minister’s move to form a reconciliation committee to address Thailand’s political crisis, in a press conference at Sanam Luang on Wednesday.

Youth-led protesters have rejected the Prime Minister’s move to form a reconciliation committee to address Thailand’s political crisis, in a press conference at Sanam Luang on Wednesday. 

The Khana Rassadorn (People’s Party) in a statement reiterates its call for the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, “As long as he remains in power, there can be no solution”. They said that the committee was just “a political show” which would not achieve any significant solutions. 

“The cabinet agreed to set up a committee to find a solution,” Prayut said and adds that the committee will be composed of “members of parliament, senators and various stakeholders”.

Student protesters have reiterated their demands; the resignation of the Prime Minister, changes in the constitution, and reform of the monarchy. 

The group emphasized that their call was not to destroy the monarchy, but to reform it instead. Pro-democracy leader Attapol Buapat says, “In fact, we are now trying to ask all Thai people to join us in protecting the monarchy, and the only way to protect the monarchy is to reform it.”

Leader Jatupat Boonpattararaksa says, “We will stage another big protest unless our demands are met in the near future”.

The committee was formed on agreement at a special joint parliamentary session last October.

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