For weeks, protesters in Thailand’s capital , Bangkok, have taken to the streets equipped with hard hats, goggles and gas masks. They use umbrellas as shields against water cannon and tear gas fired by the police. They want the military-aligned prime minister, Prayut Chan-ocha, to step down . And they want to change the monarchy’s role in governance. But for now, there is little sign that their demands will be met, and the monthslong protest movement looks like it will continue. Footage from Thailand shows similiarities between what Thai protesters are doing and what protesters in Hong Kong did during last year’s anti-extradition bill demonstrations , with thousands of people holding up smartphone flashlights. Protesters in Bangkok were also filmed passing protective gear from the back of the rally to people on the frontline. They used gestures to remind each other to put on protective gear as police tactics turned heavy-handed. Read more : Thailand’s young pro-democracy protesters challenge military and monarchy ‘Be water’ strategy In order to avoid being captured by the police, Thai protesters also adopted the “be water” philosophy from the Hong Kong movement, which relied on mobile forms of protest to make it hard for the police to predict… Read full this story
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