By The Nation
With a Constitutional Court ruling on the party’s fate due at 3pm, the faithful obtained membership cards bearing a hand-drawn portrait of Thanathorn and top donors received T-shirts autographed by party MPs.
As a band played in the background, protective facemasks were distributed to ward off the Covid-19 virus.
Party executives speaking at the gathering insisted that Thanathorn’s financial loans to the party and some members – the primary move that landed him and the party in legal trouble – had adhered to the Constitution, but “the process is not in our favour”, as one put it.
As verdict time drew near, the crowd began swelling around a large TV screen.