Youth-led rally against the government in Chonburi

Around 1,000 youth and members of the public gathered at Bang Saen beach in Chonburi to collect trash while demanding that the government dissolve parliament, rewrite the constitution, and stop harassing protesters and activists. If the demands are not met by the first of August, there will be a larger protest.

Protesters were chanting "Dictator shall fall. Long live democracy." at Chonburi. (Source: Facebook Live/ The Reporters)

At 17:00 on 22 July, Nolongerslavesth and Youth Against Dictatorship led a flash mob at Laem Tan pier, Chonburi, to show solidarity with protesters across the country, collect trash, and announce three demands which correspond to those made at Chiang Mai, Bangkok, and Ubon protests: dissolve parliament, rewrite the constitution and stop harassment and prosecution of protesters and activists.

The hour-long demonstration was peaceful with about 100 police monitoring the event. Panupong Jadnok, a representative of the Young Leaders group of Rayong and a speaker at the Free Youth rally on July 18, also participated in the event. People expressed their opinions with signs stating “Dictatorship shall fall, democracy shall rise,” and “Chonburi people can take no more,” insisting that the country belongs to the people and no one can hold more power than people.

The protesters announced that they will no longer tolerate dictatorship or a government which is not subject to any check and balance.

During the event, the crowd also collected trash on the beach to reflect current social issues and bureaucracy’s corruption and inefficiency which cause people to suffer.

After the protest ended, police officers seized the protesters’ signs that criticized the government without giving reasons for their actions, which caused dissatisfaction among the students. The students then called on the police to do their duty by siding with the people and stop assisting the government’s oppression before ending the protest.


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