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Activists hope upcoming protest will become a non-stop fight for democracy


Prominent human rights lawyer Arnon Nampa said the October 14 protest should signify the beginning of a continuous fight for democracy.

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After accepting the Jarupong Thongsin for Democracy Award on Tuesday, Arnon said he hoped the October 14 protest marks a turning point and starts a fight for democracy that will be passed down generations.

He said the protest will no longer just be a political expression with the sole purpose of pressuring PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to step down and demand amendments to the Constitution, but will bring Thais together so they speak up in one voice.

Panupong Jadnok, an activist leader who was also given the award, said he did not need any medals but wanted to live in a true democracy, adding that he was proud their movement had raised awareness.

He added that protesters should see the October 6, 1976 massacre as a lesson and make sure it is never repeated.

Panupong said the fault lies with Prayut as he has failed to lead the country, but should now listen to the people’s demands and solve the issues peacefully.

Published : October 06, 2020

By : The Nation