Hundreds Gather at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument to Demand Election

BANGKOK – Around four hundred people gathered at a monument to democracy in Bangkok on Saturday to urge the military government not to delay a national election planned later this year.

Elections to restore democracy have been postponed several times with November being latest date set by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who was appointed by a military-backed legislature following a coup in 2014.

But a change in the election law by parliament last month means the date almost definitely will be pushed back to early 2019, something that has fanned growing discontent among groups who are calling for a swift return to civilian rule.

Authorities deployed fences around the Democracy Monument, forcing activists to gather only in the vicinity. Protesters held mock ballot boxes and signs saying: “Disgusted with dictatorship.”