Due to the likelihood of violence and arrest, travelers should avoid demonstrations. Plan for local transport delays. The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic put an end to campus demonstrations. As a result of government protests, calls for monarchy reform increased. The Thai government has reinforced security in the nation’s capital in anticipation of protests when the Constitutional Court determines Prayut Chan-o-fate cha’s later today. The court will determine whether or not General Prayut’s eight-year term has expired. General Prayut seized control in a 2014 coup.

Today, when the Constitutional Court decides on Gen. Prayut’s tenure, anti-government protesters will gather in Bangkok. Organizers plan protests at Pathumwan and Ratchaprasong between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm. According to reports, activists would gather outside the Constitutional Court and the Tha Pra Chan campus of Thammasat University. Other potential locations include Asoke Intersection, Democracy Monument, Democrat Party Headquarters, Government House, Lumphini Park, National Assembly, and Victory Monument. Followers of Gen Prayut will likely launch counter-protests. The Constitutional Court and possibly other venues may receive enhanced security. Demonstrators may block and/or march on roadways, causing transportation disruptions. If protestors attempt to cross security barriers and conflict with police or other demonstrators, mass arrests may result. Lese majeste or criticism of the monarchy is, according to elites, the most serious sin in the country.

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