Thailand: Parliament begins crisis session as protest moves to German embassy

  • Opposition leader Sompong Amornwiwat opened the special session of parliament on 26 Oct 20 with a call for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to step down, as anti-government protesters planned to target the German embassy with an unprecedented petition.
  • The Pheu Thai Party leader said Gen Prayut should step down to show responsibility for the mishandling of the protests by using water cannon against the demonstrators on 16 Oct 20 and issuing a special emergency decree to end their rally outside Government House on 14 Oct 20
  • Mr Sompong called for the release of detained protesters as a goodwill gesture to try and end the standoff. The prime minister should be open-minded to the young protesters’ demands, and stop delaying the process of writing of a new constitution, he said.
  • “The prime minister must resign,” the opposition leader told the parliament.

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