Anti-government protest in Khon Kaen

Anti-government protest in Khon Kaen

About 300 anti-government protesters march in Muang district of Khon Kaen on Saturday. (Photo by Chakkrapan Natanri)
About 300 anti-government protesters march in Muang district of Khon Kaen on Saturday. (Photo by Chakkrapan Natanri)

KHON KAEN: About 300 anti-government protesters marched for a short distance in Muang district town on Saturday before gathering inside a public park near where they stayed overnight.

The protesters included members of the Kong-Chi-Mun and Dao Din groups and students from various educational institutes. They were joined in the march by demonstrators from other northeastern provinces, most of them red-shirts from the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD).

They started to march from the city pillar by the Democracy Monument at about 5.30pm and walked about one kilometre along Srichan road in the Khon Kaen municipality to the public park near the city gate on Mitrapap highway.

Crowd control police were lined up on both sides of the road to ensure the march was orderly and peaceful.

On the way, some of the protesters spray-painted on the road, leaving messages with four demands -- the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his cabinet, the drafting of a new people's constitution, reform of the royal institution and the release on bail of four leaders of the People's Movement now being detained at the Bangkok Remand Prison.

At the public park, Panupong Srithananurak, alias Nice, a protest leader, said  protesters from various parts of the Northeast had successfully held the demonstration despite being obstructed by government authorities in many forms.

The protest in Khon Kaen was held simultaneously with the demonstrations in front of parliament and at Victory Monument in Bangkok.

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