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While protests continue to spring up across the country, overseas Thai communities in at least four countries have also held demonstrations over the weekend to demand that the Senate and the Constitutional Court respect the result of the election.

On Sunday (23 July), the Free Thai Movement in Sweden conducted a poll about the political situation in Thailand during the Thai festival in Kungsträdgården in Stockholm. Their poll asks If participants agree with the Senate in not voting for Move Forward Party leader and Prime Minister candidate Pita Limjaroenrat and with the Constitutional Court in suspending Pita. Around 50 people participated, the majority of whom said they disagree with both the Senate and the Constitutional Court.

Protests were also held at Times Square in New York and at Bhumibol Square in Boston. The Boston for Thai Democracy group has also called another protest on 29 July. Meanwhile, the activist group Thai Rights Now also call for people to wear black on 28 July in protest.

In Australia, protests took place in Sydney on Saturday (22 July) and in Melbourne on Sunday (23 July).

A protest also took place at the Place de la République in Paris, condemning the Senate and the Constitutional Court.

Protests began springing up in Thailand after Pita did not gain enough votes from the Senate to become Prime Minister during the first vote on 13 July. On 19 July, the Constitutional Court ruled to suspend him from parliamentary duties while it considers whether to disqualify him for holding shares in the now-defunct iTV broadcasting company. Parliament also voted on the same day that no Prime Minister candidate can be nominated more than once, preventing Pita from being re-nominated during the current parliament’s term. The Move Forward Party subsequently announced that the Pheu Thai Party is now leading the government formation.

During the past two weeks, several protests have taken place in Bangkok and other cities across the country, condemning the Senate’s refusal to vote for Pita, whose party came first in the May 2023 general election, and the Constitutional Court’s ruling to suspend Pita. Academics have also spoken out against parliament’s decision to prevent re-nomination of Prime Minister candidates, saying that it might be unconstitutional to do so. Meanwhile, activists have called on the Pheu Thai Party, now tasked with forming a government, not to bring parties that supported the leaders of the 2014 coup into the coalition.

Several other protests have been called for in the coming days. The Thammasat University Student Union (TUSU) has called for a protest at Thammasat University’s Rangsit campus on 26 July, while activists in Nakhon Pathom called a gathering in front of Silpakorn University’s Sanam Chandra Palace campus on 26 July. In Nan, activists called a protest on 26 July near the Pattana Pak Neua Bridge, while the activist network Respect My Vote called a protest at the Ratchaprasong Intersection in Bangkok on 27 July.

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