Teenagers protest on Pattaya beach calling for democratic reform in Thailand


Teenagers gathered opposite the Pattaya City Police station and called for democratic reform in Thailand yesterday afternoon (October 10th)

The group of teenagers had already filed permission to Pattaya City earlier this week for the protest which was scheduled from 2:00 PM until 7:00 PM yesterday

Social distancing had been practiced during the protest and the area chosen for the protest was a total of around 20 meters with barriers enclosing the area. Mask wearing was also mandatory for the event.

Ms. Tamonthip Tipprakan, a protest supporter, told The Pattaya News that these teenagers wanted do activities like their peers in Bangkok in the Pattaya area to draw attention to the issue of democratic reform.  Students protesting in Thailand have three major demands: Rewrite the constitution, stop harassing protesters both officially and unofficially and dissolve Parliament. Some splinter, smaller groups of protesters also have additional demands and requests for reform.

The protesters stressed to The Pattaya News that they were following the law and taken all the steps required for a legal protest and that they were peaceful. The group gave several speeches about democratic reform.

However, not many teenagers appeared to join in this particular protest based on photos and from statements from law enforcement officers. The Pattaya News has a policy of not estimating crowd sizes. More than fifty law enforcement officers were carefully watching the event nearby and were also calm and peaceful.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.