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Timeline: Thailand’s growing protest movement

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Protests have been growing in Thailand against the government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former junta leader, with some protesters also calling for reforms of King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s monarchy.

Below is a timeline of events since Prayuth was appointed prime minister after an election in March 2019. He rejects accusations the electoral laws were fixed in his favour.

June 9, 2019 – The king endorses Prayuth as prime minister, keeping him in the post he first took in a 2014 coup.

Nov. 20 – Constitutional court disqualifies vocal opposition figure Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit as a member of parliament, saying he violated electoral law. He disputes the ruling.

Dec. 14 – Several thousand protesters demonstrate in Bangkok to protest against Thanathorn’s disqualification and the moves to ban his Future Forward party.

Feb. 21, 2020 – Constitutional court bans Future Forward. The next day, hundreds of people join a protest against the decision.

March 26 – Thai authorities impose a state of emergency to stop the spread of the coronavirus, limiting gatherings and travel.

July 18 – The Free Youth group draws about 2,500 to a protest in Bangkok and makes three demands: dissolve parliament, amend the constitution and stop harassing critics.

Aug. 3 – Human rights lawyer Arnon Nampa makes an unprecedented call for reform of the monarchy at a protest with a Harry Potter theme.

Aug. 10 – Students at Thammasat University list 10 demands for reforming the monarchy, including abolition of lese majeste law against criticising the king.

Aug. 16 – More than 10,000 people join a protest at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument.

Sept. 19 – Thousands protest at Thammasat University in Bangkok on the anniversary of the 2006 coup that overthrew populist prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

(Reporting by Patpicha Tanakasempipat and Panarat Thepgumpanat; Editing by Matthew Tostevin, William Mallard and Gerry Doyle)

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