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Prime Minister Prayut Dogged by Thai Pro-Democracy Activist in New York

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A billboard mounted on a building close to UN headquarters carried the message “United Nations Assembly: Don’t let democracy die in Thailand.”

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Prime Minister Prayut has been allegedly dogged by Thai Pro-democracy activist in New York.  His speech at the Asian Society was interrupted by shouted protests by Thai activists.

Thai activist  Nachacha Kongudom managed to get a protest sign into the building where Prayut was speaking. She  was escorted out by security guards, but not before shouting at him.

Prayut responded to her action by saying, “Hello, thank you, thank you very much.”

Photos also shared on social media indicated that other Thais were protesting outside the hall.

Prayut told the audience the military junta he led to power in the 2014 coup sought only to end a bloody political conflict.  Prayut was in New York primarily to attend a meeting of the UN General Assembly.

Jaran Ditapichai, president of the Association of Thai Democrats without Borders, wrote to the United Nations on Monday. Asking that Prayut’s new administration be regarded as “a military government in disguise”.

A billboard mounted on a building close to UN headquarters carried the message “United Nations Assembly: Don’t let democracy die in Thailand.”

Source: The Nation