Thailand: Police arrest pro-democracy activists and rappers in crackdown on anti-government protests

Demonstrators call for prime minister to resign over alleged corruption and incompetence, Conrad Duncan reports

Thursday 20 August 2020 21:17
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Pro-democracy activist and singer Dechathorn Bamrungmuang speaks outside the criminal courthouse in Bangkok yesterday
Pro-democracy activist and singer Dechathorn Bamrungmuang speaks outside the criminal courthouse in Bangkok yesterday

Nine pro-democracy activists, including two rappers, have been arrested in a crackdown on growing protests in Thailand that have presented a serious threat to the country’s military-backed government.

Protesters have called for Prayuth Chan-ocha, Thailand’s prime minister and a former army general, to resign amid accusations of incompetence and corruption.

Mr Prayuth seized power in a 2014 military coup and then won an election in 2019 that was widely seen as unfair and biased towards his administration.

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