The intended protests plan to keep the city in limbo for 15 days, or until the current Prime Minister Shinwatra steps down. Thailand’s king, Bhumibol Adulyadej, aged 86, “has remained quiet. In past political crises, he has intervened only as a matter of last resort, at times when military intervention led to dozens of civilian deaths. But the royal palace has long been a major influence on Thai politics behind the scenes,” reports Al Jazeera.
The city has closed schools, businesses and most public offices to prepare for the shutdown. More than 14,000 police and military are expected to be positioned in key places for protection, such as the international airport, water and electrical facilities and other major areas of concern. The military states they intend to remain cautious even about comments they make, wishing to avoid escalation of problems. They are attempting to stay neutral in this latest struggle.
Occupy World Writes believes the protestors in Bangkok have taken a stance for democracy which must be respected. As such, we stand in solidarity with those in Thailand and elsewhere who believe that governments must respond to the needs of their peoples for the peaceful and meaningful betterment of both.
In-depth story from Al Jazeera: Thailand braces for new set of mass protests