Student protests break out across the country after Bangkok rally; students attempting to organize nationwide

Saturday’s protest in Bangkok has inspired copycat protests around the country as students in the country’s north and northeast rallied this past weekend against the Prayut Chan-ocha government.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in front the Tha Pae Gate in Chiang Mai on Sunday evening demanding for democracy, with the hashtag #คนเชียงใหม่จะไม่ทนtoo (the people of Chiang Mai wont tolerate either).

Protest organizers told Thai Enquirer on Monday that they have been in touch with the Bangkok student groups to coordinate mass rallies in the future.

“We weren’t necessarily prepared to organize our rally because we were given so little time,” said one student leader who asked for anonymity fearing reprisal from the government and the university.

“But we put something together in less than 24 hours and got at least several hundred people to show up, so the sentiment is there,” the student told Thai Enquirer.

Chiang Mai was not the province to state its own rally with protests held in Korat, Khon Kaen and Ubolratchathani.

According to organizers in Chiang Mai and in Bangkok, student groups have been in touch through social media to help coordinate nationwide protests in the future.

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