Thailand: Activists protest military rule, call for elections

Pro-democracy groups organised the first in a series of peaceful protests in Bangok on Saturday, in which they call for a general election in Thailand this year. The main organiser is the Democracy Restoration Group (DRG), which had announced a road map of peaceful protest in the next weeks that is expected to culminate with a bigger demonstration in May. Prime Minister and Commander of the... Еще Royal Thai Army General Prayut Chan-o-cha had expressed intentions that Thailand would have a democratic election, but so far repeatedly postponed the protested election dates, which in turn drove the DRG to stage its protests. In May 2014, Chan-o-cha led a coup d'etat, leaving the country under military rule for the 12th time in 82 years. Thailand has experienced more coups than any other country in contemporary history since the Siamese Revolution of 1932, when over six centuries of absolute monarchy was replaced by the first Thai constitution.

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