BANGKOK (AP) – Police in Thailand have arrested several political activists who planned to camp out at the site of a rally scheduled for Wednesday in Bangkok that is along the route the country’s king is expected to travel for an unrelated royal ceremony.
The arrests Tuesday came after police started to tear down tents put up by the protesters, who had traveled to the capital from northeastern Thailand. The protesters resisted and pushed back against the police, sparking a mild brawl. Police said they initially asked the protesters to remove the tents, but were refused.
Wednesday’s protest has been called by a coalition of mostly student-led groups that several months ago adopted three core demands: new elections, changes in the constitution to make it more democratic and an end to intimidation of political activists.
The protesters later adopted another major demand, for reform of the monarchy, which they claim does not properly operate within the framework of a