Thai Protesters Take to the Streets on 15th Anniversary of Thaksin Coup

Protesters in Thailand took out to Bangkok’s streets on the 15th anniversary of the military coup that ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

On Sep. 19, dissenters called for the resignation of current Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who came to power after leading a coup in 2014.

The pro-reform rally was initiated by “red shirt” supporters of former premier Thaksin to mark the day he was deposed in 2006.

Thaksin, despite being in self-exile, maintained support from the working class for populist contributions during his five-year leadership until he was ousted in 2006 by Bangkok elites and the military.

Thaksin addressed Prayut last week through an online show, saying that the current premier should listen to youth protesters and that violence against dissenters will only worsen the unrest in Thailand.

Calls for Prayut’s resignation intensified in April after a delayed rollout of COVID-19 vaccines that contributed to Thailand’s worsening wave of infections.

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