The government thinks that it has weathered the worst of the protest movement

Thailand’s military-backed government led by General Prayut Chan-ocha has sent signals to coalition partners that they have survived the worst of anti-government protests and say they are capable of handling all future political challenges.

A briefing by the National Security Council and attended by high-ranking Cabinet members showed that student protest numbers have been decreasing with each subsequent rally.

According to the NSC, recent rallies have seen at most 10-15,000 protesters.

This is opposed to earlier rallies like the one at Sanam Luang two months prior which saw nearly 100,000 people attend, according to Thai Enquirer figures.

Thairath Newspaper said that Prayut was in good spirits after having attended the meeting. According to sources within the ruling coalition, the government has told its coalition partners that they have successfully weathered the worst of the movement and that they did not expect any significant challenges to its power up to the new year.

“The government thinks it has survived the pro-democracy movement and that the opposition parties do not hold enough sway to force through significant constitutional changes in parliament,” said a Democrat MP who asked to not be named. “That means the constitutional amendment process would likely take some time with a referendum probably in the third quarter of 2021.

Fractured leadership

Part of the reason for the lowered protest numbers has been infighting within the student protest camp. Although the students maintain that the protest leadership is united in their fight against the military and in calling for reform of the institution, there has been increasingly leaked rumours that various student groups see different routes to success – including postponing talks of reforming the monarchy to focus on bringing down the Prayut government.

The fractured leadership has led to multiple protests called in different locations, sometimes on the same day, leading to lowered numbers and protest fatigue for demonstrators.

The arrest of many student-leaders and prolonged incarceration of the demonstrators has also led to disjointed strategy and ad-hoc protests.

“Unless the students can regain the momentum they had before the arrests after the October 14 protests, this movement will not trouble the government in the slightest,” said political analyst Arun Saronchai. “That means there is no pressure on the court to remove the prime minister from office on December 2.

Advertisement -

COVID-19

Thailand discovers 19 new case of coronavirus in state quarantine on Friday

Thailand’s government on Friday said that it had discovered 19 new case of coronavirus in the last...
Advertisement -
Advertisement -

Latest article

Student group sues prime minister for misuse of laws resulting in civil liberty violations

A student group is suing the Prime Minister for misuse of the state emergency at the Bangkok Civil Court on Friday.

Tisco reports improvement in loan growth but uncertainty over NPLs still high

TISCO Financial Group Plc (TISCO) said on Friday that it expected its overall loan outlook of 2020 to slightly improve following the...

Protest guards deny police claim that violence at Wednesday’s protest was from ‘infighting’

The leader of several groups of protest guards denied on Thursday and Friday police claims that violence that occurred during the end...

Signs of life as manufacturing index expected to rise in November, December

Thailand’s manufacturing production index (MPI) dropped by -0.54 per cent year-on-year to 95.72 points in October, the Office of Industrial Economics (OIE)...

Thailand discovers 19 new case of coronavirus in state quarantine on Friday

Thailand’s government on Friday said that it had discovered 19 new case of coronavirus in the last 24 hours.

AstraZeneca vaccine will undergo a new global trial due to concerns as Thailand goes ahead with purchase

AstraZeneca, the British-based pharmaceutical company that jointly developed a vaccine with Oxford University, said on Thursday evening in the United Kingdom that...