Thai Opposition Leader Says He Plans ‘Flash Mob’ Bangkok Protest

December 15, 2019 0 By HearthstoneYarns

(Bloomberg) — The leader of Thailand’s highest-profile opposition party said he plans to hold a “flash mob” style one-hour rally in Bangkok on Saturday for people opposed to the pro-military ruling coalition.

“This is an opportunity for people who are against the current regime to come out and show their power,” Future Forward leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit said in a briefing ahead of the rally due late afternoon in downtown Bangkok. “It will be a peaceful gathering.”

Thanathorn called on supporters to “stand up and fight” in a Twitter post Friday that announced the plan for the protest. Earlier in the week, the Election Commission said it will petition a court to break up Future Forward for breaching party financing rules, a charge the organization rejects.

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Future Forward is less than two years old but surged in March’s general election, which came after almost five years of junta rule. The reform-minded party is the third largest in parliament and part of a sizable opposition bloc that questions the fairness of the poll and its aftermath.

A pro-military coalition led by former junta chief Prayuth Chan-Ocha took office after the disputed vote with a razor-thin majority.

No matter what the court rules about Future Forward, “we are ready to fight in every way,” Thanathorn said, adding the nation’s military-backed constitution — Thailand’s 20th charter — needs to be rewritten so that everyone accepts and respects it.

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