According to Al-Jazeera, thousands of Thai protesters took to the streets of the capital Bangkok yesterday (14 Nov) demanding change to the institutions of the country’s monarchy.
They mostly rallied against and defied a decision by a top court that ruled calling for royal reforms amounted to a bid to overthrow Thailand’s ultra-powerful monarchy.
While Thailand’s Constitutional Court decision does not result in criminal penalties for the protest leaders, observers say the ruling could shrink an already narrow space for activists campaigning for reform of the monarchy.
Defying a ban on gatherings on Sunday, protesters assembled in Bangkok’s main shopping district to rally against the decision, holding signs that said they do not want an absolute monarchy.
“The word ‘reform’ is not equivalent to abolition. You (authorities) only want to do the things you desire and see people with opposing views as bad…