Ultra-royalists, pro-military politicians, and some senators are agitating for conflict and said this week that they will escalate the situation themselves unless the authorities take a harsher stance against the pro-democracy demonstrators.
Student-led pro-democracy protests have gripped the nation the past four months. Protesters are asking for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha to step down, rewrite a military-drafted constitution, and reform the monarchy.
On Monday, Krit Yeammaethakorn, secretary general of the People’s Networks to Protect the Monarch, went to the Government House and the Army Headquarters to submit a petition to ask for the government to enact a “special law” to “shutdown” the country in order to suppress pro-democracy protests.
He said asking for a special law to get rid of the pro-democracy protests is not the same as a coup.
Krit, the ultra-royalist, is the same person who filed a lese-majeste law against a single mother of two for posting comments online. She was subsequently sentenced to jail for a totally 28 years in 2015.
Apart from Krit’s People’s Networks to Protect the Monarch, another pro-monarchy group, the Center for People Who Protect the Institution said on Monday that they will escalate their protests against the pro-democracy protesters.
They said they will shut down streets, if necessary, to get the government to crackdown and arrest more pro-democracy protesters.
Senator Pornthip Rojanasunand posted on her social media on Monday that young pro-democracy protesters do not believe in Dharma and karmic principles and do not have faith in the country.
“They are showing how low they are,” she said.
“The police commanders are not doing enough to protect the law and suppress [pro-democracy protesters],” she added.
Paiboon Nititawan, deputy leader of the Palang Pracharath Party, said on Tuesday that royalists should file complaints of sedition against the students.
Almost 40 pro-democracy protesters and leaders have been charged with sedition to date, which carries a sentence of up to seven years in jail.