Thousands defy state of emergency and rally for eighth straight day as Royalists hold counter demonstration in Bangkok.
Thousands of protesters have rallied in the Thai capital, Bangkok, for the eighth straight day as student activists applied to a court on Wednesday for the revocation of the state of emergency declared last week in an effort to rein in the country’s growing anti-government protests.
Demonstrations have continued daily in a movement that calls for Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to step down, for a more democratic constitution and for reforms to the monarchy – a revered institution traditionally treated as sacrosanct in Thailand.
Wednesday’s anti-government demonstration came as scores of yellow-clad Thai royalists held a counterrally at Ramkhamhaeng University in Bangkok to show support for King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s monarchy.
The two sides later clashed in…