Today, Khana Ratsadon plans three protests.
Party In Front of The Nation “ปาร์ตี้หน้าเนชั่น”
At 4pm, in front of the pro-government media house, Nation TV.
The People’s Art “ศิลปะราษฎร”
At 5pm, the pro-democracy movement will turn Silom Road into an art & performance festival, from the Saladaeng BTS station down to the Hindu Temple (Wat Khaek).
Fractured State, We Won’t Forget “รัฐร้าวเราไม่ลืม”
At 5.30pm, MBK SkyWalk.
Protests taking the form of festivals
When there’s a stalemate, the opposing forces settle in.
The two-day parliament debate led to one conclusion: General Prayut Chan-o-cha will not resign.
He believes he has done no wrong. The country cannot move forward without him. He puts all the blame on Khana Ratsadon and the alleged “politicians” and “international conspirators” behind the pro-democracy movement.
Meanwhile, the 25 October activity at Ratchaprasong Intersection and the 26 October march to the German embassy has shown that Khana Ratsadon demonstrations are shaping up into a hybrid of protest-festival.
No longer is it just about speeches and chants of various slogans.
Sunday’s Ratchaprasong and Monday’s Sathorn featured art performances, mini-stages, small exhibitions, live talks, and of course, lots of street foods.
After Khana Ratsadon raised the banner “Reform the Monarchy Institution” in front of the German embassy, it was officially the end of the march. However, as the night settled in, more students and more office workers came pouring into Sathorn Road to join the activities.
They ate delicious street food. They listened to thought-provoking talks. They watched dances and performances. They sat around in groups discussing politics and society. There was even a gathering of skateboarders skating around.
The festive mood was similar to the Sanam Luang protest on 19 September.
Khana Ratsadon protests aren’t dying down as the government had hoped. In fact, they are becoming the most popular attractions in town.
There might not be champagne and red carpet. But it’s a festival of arts and performances, food and fun, but with three political messages: Prayut, get out. Rewrite the constitution and hold new elections. Reform the monarchy institution.