LGBT groups join Thailand protest rally blocking main roads in capital Bangkok
Anti-government activists blocked main roads in the lastest rally against the establishment this afternoon in Bangkok, Thailand.
Footage shows crowds of red-shirt wearing protesters waving placards and chanting at the Asoke interchange in the centre of the Thai capital.
Organisers said a series of demonstrations would take place across the city every evening ‘until the prime minister resigns’.
Leader Sombat Boonngam-anong said: ‘We will rally from September 2 onwards until Prayut resigns.’
Thailand’s protest movement erupted last year and stopped briefly at the height of the pandemic fear but has started again in recent weeks.
Organisers claim they are demanding democracy but demonstrations have regularly descended into violence, vandalism and chaos.
Government officials say the unrest is being funded by disaffected opposition, exiled politicians and extremist groups who encourage students to join the protests. They have cited evidence that social media bots are being used to provoke civil disobedience among impressionable youth – who could then face years in prison for getting involved with the anti-establishment rallies.
Officials have banned gatherings of more than five people and rolled out a 9pm curfew due to the Covid-19 pandemic but the laws have been ignored by the demonstrators.