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Hundreds of Protesters in Bangkok Demand Govt's Resignation, Adoption of New Constitution

© REUTERS / CHALINEE THIRASUPAA protester holds a sign depicting Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha during a protest demanding the resignation of the government, defying the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions on large gatherings in one of the largest demonstrations since a 2014 army coup in Bangkok, Thailand July 18, 2020.
A protester holds a sign depicting Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha during a protest demanding the resignation of the government, defying the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions on large gatherings in one of the largest demonstrations since a 2014 army coup in Bangkok, Thailand July 18, 2020.  - Sputnik International
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BANGKOK (Sputnik) - Several hundred demonstrators gathered on Saturday at the Democracy Monument in the historic center of the Thai capital city of Bangkok, demanding the government's resignation and the adoption of a new constitution.

The first mass rally since the lifting of some of the coronavirus-related restrictions is organized by a group calling itself Liberation Youth, which convened hundreds of young protesters through a call on social media.

People began to gather at the Democracy Monument at about 4.00 p.m. local time (09:00 GMT) and continued to rally until late at night. The protest's organizers, on behalf of the participants, put forward three demands to the government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the former army chief who ousted an elected government six years ago.

The demands included the dissolution of parliament, an "end to harassment of government critics", and amendments to the military-written constitution followed by new elections.

"We will stay on this square until morning, and if we do not receive any response from the authorities, we will give them two more weeks to rewrite the constitution, and if this does not happen, we will again gather for a mass rally, and next time it will not be for a day," the movement's leader said.

The police soon cordoned off the square and constantly appealed to protesters to disperse.

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