Anti Coup Activists Hold Banned Demonstration in Central Bangkok

Anti Coup Activists Hold Banned Demonstration in Central Bangkok
A demonstrator flashes a "freedom sign" and holds a banner during a rally outside the Art and Cultural centre in Bangkok on Feb 14, 2015. - See more at: http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/rare-anti-coup-protest-thailand#sthash.MPmQIWCQ.dpuf
A demonstrator flashes a “freedom sign” and holds a banner during a rally outside the Art and Cultural centre in Bangkok on Feb 14, 2015

 

BANGKOK – Despite the fear of Military Arrest¬† and attitude adjustments by the Army,¬† Anti-Coup activists held a demonstration in Central Bangkok Saturday, handing out roses and copies of George Orwell’s “1984” – a rare expression of public dissent in a nation still under strict martial law.

Dozens of demonstrators, a collection of pro-democracy groups including students, made no secret of their Valentine’s Day protest plans, advertising them on Facebook.

In response the authorities put up a series of barriers to stop demonstrators accessing a plaza opposite a mall in the city’s downtown Siam shopping district.

But dozens of activists nonetheless managed to gather on the streets and pedestrian walkways in the late afternoon, watched by a similar number of police officers.

Festooning the walkways and streets with roses, some erected cardboard ballot boxes and put up mock voting tables – a criticism of Thailand’s generals who seized power in a May coup following the ousting of Yingluck Shinawatra’s democratically elected government.

Several of the most vocal protesters were seen being led away by police.

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