Thailand protesters refuse to compromise after king speaks

  • King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s rare message to his people on 1 Nov 20 hinting at possible compromise was heard widely, but pro-democracy leaders say they will continue their protests and maintain their key demands — including reform of the monarchy.
  • “It is our consensus that there’s no change and no compromise,” Tattep Ruangprapaikitseree told Nikkei Asia on 3 Nov 20.
  • “I don’t see any chance of compromise or talks,” protest leader Passaravalee Thanakijvibulphol, or ‘Mind,’ told Nikkei.
  • It was Mind who led thousands of protesters to the German Embassy on Oct. 26 to deliver a letter demanding the German government investigate whether the king conducts Thai state affairs on German soil.
  • Mind said that if the government wants talks, the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha — another key student demand — would be a good start. The students’ third key demand is revision of the constitution with public consultation.
  • Arnon Nampa, a human rights lawyer, was finally released from Bangkok Remand Prison at midnight on 3 Nov 20 after being detained for more than 20 days. He told media that thousands will continue to protest, but declined to give details.

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