A huge protest movement has gripped Thailand with hundreds of thousands gathering in Bangkok calling for the ouster of PM Yingluck Shinawatra. Their rivals meanwhile pledged to continue their rallies in support of the government.
Protest leaders estimated that at least at least 1 million anti-government protesters would gather near Democracy Monument for an organized march through the city. Latest police estimates showed that some 200,000 people have gathered on the streets, the biggest rally in three years.
The gathering follows weeks of rallies sparked by an amnesty bill that would allow the return of the former PM from exile and a pardon for those responsible for an army intervention in bloody rallies of 2010, in which over 90 people were killed. The legislation was rejected by the country’s parliament but protesters remained in the streets, trying to topple the government, which they say acts as a stooge for former leader Thaksin Shinawatra.
Current Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra is the younger sister of former premier, who has been living in exile since 2008 to avoid a two-year jail term for abuse of power.
Addressing the “People’s Day” rally the opposition Democrat Party leader Satit Wongnongtaey hailed the big turnout on Sunday.
“How can this government survive? How can the Thaksin system survive?” he said to applause from the crowd. see more