Faizel Patel – 29/10/2020
Radio Islam’s Asia correspondent Kiru Naidoo says the crisis in Thailand is mounting with repeated calls for Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to step down.
Naidoo was sharing the latest news updates from the Asia-Pacific on Thursday.
The country convened a two-day emergency session of parliament on Monday, hastily called to deal with the enduring anti-government protesters that are demanding constitutional changes, reforms to the monarchy and the resignation of Chan-ocha.
Protesters are standing firm on three major demands: the resignation of the prime minister, the rewriting of the military-drafted constitution and reform of the near-absolute power of the monarchy.
At the heart of their anger stands the prime minister who many accuse of a political power grab years in the making.
Naidoo says Chan-ocha is refusing to step down
“He’s taken a particularly hardline stance saying that he will not and that he was elected and that he will, to quote him from a statement yesterday, saying, ‘he will not runway from Thailand’s problems.”
Naidoo says the Thailand protests have also intensified.
“The protests that have been going on since July last year have taken increased form in terms of its ability to mobilize people from school children to older people. This three finger salute from the Hunger Games has become the symbol of the resistance to the monarchy and the military led government under Prayuth.”
Naidoo also touched on news about the Philippines expecting retaliation after expelling Chinese nationals and Sri Lanka possibly becoming a proxy in the tension between China and the US.
Listen to the Asia-Pacific Report with Kiru Naidoo