Protests Against Prime Minister Must Continue, Activists Declare

Anti-government activists have called for people to keep demonstrating to push for General Prayut Chan-o-cha’s ouster.

On Saturday, anti-government protest organizers insisted that the protest groups must keep up the protest movement to demand General Prayut’s resignation as prime minister and dismantle his task force.

In recent days, protesters have changed their focus and now seek to root out his clique, arguing that it holds the regime together.

Kana Lomruam Prachachon (Melting Pot Group)’s co-leader Jatuporn Prompan urged supporters to join an anti-government demonstration in Bangkok yesterday.

The rally’s goal is to break the powers of the “Three Por” generals. The term refers to three officers: General Prayut Chan-o- suspended Prime Minister cha, Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwon, and Interior Minister General Anupong Paojinda, who have dominated the government and run Thailand for more than eight years since the 2014 coup.

On Wednesday, the Constitutional Court suspended General Prayut from his duties as prime minister pending deliberation on his term limit. The decision responded to opposition parties’ request to define when it started and when it should end amid debates about how long he should remain in office.

However, activists and pro-democracy groups decided to continue protesting despite the court’s decision.

According to Mr. Jatuporn, power only changed hands from one General Por to another after the Constitutional Court’s announcement. He referred to General Prawit replacing General Prayut as acting prime minister.

The protest leader insisted that the group and their acolytes must be dismantled.

Mr. Jatuporn also said that the country was headed for chaos and that a general election was not in sight despite predictions that it would take place early next year.

Moreover, the Constitutional Court’s check over the organic law for MPs election could make it difficult to designate a date for the vote, Mr. Jatuporn stated.

However, he believes that General Prayut has little chance of retaking his post as prime minister, as power “slipped through his hands.”

Nitithorn Lamlua, another protest co-leader, said that General Prawit’s taking the seat as interim prime minister was yet another farce by the “Three Por” to ensure their grip on power.