Asia: Anti-Thai government protests at start of Apec summit

Anti-Thai government protests at the start of APEC summit

A demonstrator protests in front of riot police in Bangkok.  Photo: Varuth Pongsapipatt/SOPA Images via ZUMA Press We

A demonstrator protests in front of riot police in Bangkok. photo

© Varuth Pongsapipatt/SOPA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa

The summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Community begins in Bangkok. Thailand’s government is mobilizing tens of thousands of security forces – fears of anti-government protests.

At the beginning of the summit of the countries of the Asia-Pacific economic community APEC in Bangkok there were further protests. According to reports, there were minor clashes between demonstrators and the police in the morning (local time) near the conference venue in the center of the metropolis.

Among other things, there were numerous posters with slogans against the Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, but also against Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin. There had already been protests yesterday.

Before the summit, the government called on the population to refrain from such actions. The meeting is extremely important for Thailand and could, among other things, bring more investment and tourism to the country, Prayut had emphasized. Tens of thousands of police officers and soldiers secure the event. The streets around the Queen Sirikit Convention Center, where the heads of state and government of the Apec states meet until tomorrow, are largely closed.

Before the corona pandemic, there were repeated mass protests against Thailand’s government. Among other things, the democracy movement is demanding new elections, a constitutional amendment and a reform of the monarchy. General Prayut Chan-o-cha has been in power since a military coup in 2014.


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