Biggest protest in Thailand since 2014 military coup

Thailand's Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit (R, top) talks to supporters during a rally near the Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACC) in Bangkok, Thailand. EPA-EFE/NARONG SANGNAK

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A reported 10,000 supporters of a Thai opposition party which could be banned by authorities have taken to the streets in the country’s biggest protest since a 2014 military coup.

Speaking to activists in the capital Bangkok, the 41-year-old billionaire leader of Future Forward, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkrit, urged people to stand up against the government and fight for democracy.

He told them “this is just the beginning” and “I think it shows that people will not tolerate dictatorship anymore”.

Thailand's anti-establishment party leader, supporters rally in Bangkok
 Thousands of Thailand’s Future Forward Party supporters gather at a rally near the Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACC) in Bangkok, Thailand, 14 December 2019. People joined party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit (not pictured) in the first protest held in the country since the military junta regained power after the elections held in March 2019. EPA-EFE/NARONG SANGNAK

Many demonstrators gave the three-finger salute of resistance, a symbol taken from the Hollywood film The Hunger Games.

Legal moves to dissolve the party have angered supporters who believe there is a conspiracy against it.

Thailand's anti-establishment party leader, supporters rally in Bangkok
 A supporter of Thailand’s Future Forward Party holds a placard during a rally near the Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACC) in Bangkok, Thailand, 14 December 2019. EPA-EFE/NARONG SANGNAK

Via Sky News

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