Emergency declared in Thailand. Know why!
By Anwesha Dash
Violent nation-wide protests in Thailand in demand for constitutional reforms forced authorities to declare an emergency.
The Kingdom of Thailand has been in a state of unrest and political upheaval. Demonstrators gathered around the office of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha and demanded his resignation from the post, monarchial reforms, and constitutional modifications. Reportedly a total of 22 arrests have been made with several of the top leaders taken into custody.
The monarchy of the country resembles an authoritarian rule. Criticism against the royal family of any kind is not tolerated and is punishable by 15 years in jail. But student-led protests in the historic district of Bangkok have been reported to have used legally unacceptable language for the royal family. The protestors even disrupted a royal motorcade. These protests also defy the restrictions imposed by the government on public gatherings.
The fulcrum of the confrontations lies on the "unfair" way through which Prayuth toppled a fairly elected government in 2014 by a military coup and since has been making laws for the approbation of a pro-military party. Many protestors have, therefore, been concerned about the country's future called on these demonstrations for democracy.
Even though continual denials from the activists, conservative supporters of the royal family have accused them of creating unrest to end the rule of the monarchy in the nation. But on the other hand, many international human rights forums have applauded the protestors for fighting for their rights and have called the actions of the authorities "unjustified".