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Protests as Thai lawmakers vote on constitutional amendments

Posted On: Sep 24, 2020   |   Posted By: My Sanantonio

BANGKOK - Thai lawmakers met Thursday to vote on six proposed amendments to the country's military-backed constitution, as protesters pushing for charter reform gathered outside the Parliament building.
Changes to the constitution are one of three core demands that a coalition of protest groups has been seeking in recent months. The groups, which on Sunday held one of the biggest protest rallies in years, also want new elections and an end to intimidation of political activists, saying they are needed to strengthen democracy.
The protests, spearheaded by students, come as Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's government faces broader criticism that it is ineffective and without direction as the economy sputters due to the knock-on effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The government is also under pressure from some influential Thai royalists chagrined that the protesters are seeking unprecedented reforms to the monarchy, a sacrosanct institution to conservatives.
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