Thailand pro-democracy rally draws 10,000 protesters

Anti-government protesters hold up signs during a rally at Democracy Monument in Bangkok on August 16, 2020. (AFP)

A pro-democracy protest in Bangkok has drawn 10,000 people, police told AFP Sunday, the largest political gathering the kingdom has seen in years.

“For the student protesters, it is at 10,000,” an official from Bangkok’s Metropolitan Police Bureau told AFP as the rally continued Sunday night.

The massive turnout comes after weeks of student-led protests calling for an overhaul of premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha’s government.

Tensions rose in the kingdom after the arrest of three activists leading the pro-democracy movement.

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Last Update: Sunday, 16 August 2020 KSA 15:56 - GMT 12:56