Pro-democracy activists step up rallies as coup anniversary nears

Originally published on Channel NewsAsia on May 5, 2018

The กลุ่มฟื้นฟูประชาธิปไตย Democracy Restoration Group - DRG is holding their first rally in a month as the 4th anniversary of the coup is soon.

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As the forth anniversary of the 2014 military coup is coming closer on the 22nd later this month, so are the anti-government protests by pro-democracy activists.

The so-called “Democracy Restoration Group” are staging a new rally after a month’s break, yet again calling the military government to stage democratic elections immediately.

They say that after four years in power, it’s time for the military to step aside.

RANGSINAM ROME; Activist "Democracy Restoration Group":
"I believe that after these 4 years we should think about the future. If you ask me if we have a future under the mask of General Prayuth Chan-ocha, I believe this country won’t have future if we don’t fighttogether.".”

Furthermore, the group is planning to march to Government House on the 22nd later this month. Not only is it the coup’s anniversary but also the weekly cabinet meeting of coup leader and prime minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.

The military government has repeatedly delayed democracy elections, the latest date is now tentatively scheduled for February next year.

Saksith Saiyasombut, Channel NewsAsia, Bangkok