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In pics: Why is Thailand burning

Updated : 2020-10-15 15:34:48

Pro-democracy activists say Thailand is backtracking on the constitutional monarchy established when absolute royal rule ended in 1932. They say the monarchy is too close to the army and argues that this has undermined democracy. (With text and image inputs from AP & Reuters)

Pro-democracy demonstrators march during a Thai anti-government mass protest, on the 47th anniversary of the 1973 student uprising, in Bangkok, Thailand October 14, 2020. Anti-government protests emerged in the country after courts banned the most vocal party opposing the government of former junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha. (REUTERS/Jorge Silva)
Pro-democracy demonstrators march during a Thai anti-government mass protest, on the 47th anniversary of the 1973 student uprising, in Bangkok, Thailand October 14, 2020. Anti-government protests emerged in the country after courts banned the most vocal party opposing the government of former junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha. (REUTERS/Jorge Silva)
Anti-government demonstrators give a three-finger salute as they march during a Thai anti-government mass protest. Some protesters have come up with a list of 10 demands to reform the monarchy. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
Anti-government demonstrators give a three-finger salute as they march during a Thai anti-government mass protest. Some protesters have come up with a list of 10 demands to reform the monarchy. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
A pro-democracy demonstrator holds a placard as they walk past a portrait of King Maha Vajiralongkorn during a Thai anti-government mass protest. Protesters say they do not seek to end the monarchy, only reform it, but conservatives are horrified by such attacks on an institution the constitution says is
A pro-democracy demonstrator holds a placard as they walk past a portrait of King Maha Vajiralongkorn during a Thai anti-government mass protest. Protesters say they do not seek to end the monarchy, only reform it, but conservatives are horrified by such attacks on an institution the constitution says is "enthroned in a position of revered worship". (REUTERS/Jorge Silva)
Police officers stand in position during a protest in Bangkok. Most protestors are students and young people with no overall leader. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
Police officers stand in position during a protest in Bangkok. Most protestors are students and young people with no overall leader. (REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha)
Pro-democracy protesters push Thai policemen with riot shields during a demonstration in Bangkok. Thai police dispersed a group of protesters holding an overnight rally outside the prime minister's office. (AP Photo/Rapeephat Sitichailapa)
Pro-democracy protesters push Thai policemen with riot shields during a demonstration in Bangkok. Thai police dispersed a group of protesters holding an overnight rally outside the prime minister's office. (AP Photo/Rapeephat Sitichailapa)
Pro-democracy protesters stand in front of Thai policemen with riot shields during a demonstration. Protesters also seek the scrapping of lese majeste laws against insulting the king. They want the king to relinquish the personal control he took over a palace fortune estimated in the tens of billions of dollars, and some units of the army. (AP Photo/Rapeephat Sitichailapa)
Pro-democracy protesters stand in front of Thai policemen with riot shields during a demonstration. Protesters also seek the scrapping of lese majeste laws against insulting the king. They want the king to relinquish the personal control he took over a palace fortune estimated in the tens of billions of dollars, and some units of the army. (AP Photo/Rapeephat Sitichailapa)
A small group of pro-democracy protesters flash a three-fingered salute at riot police officers close to Government House in Bangkok. Protesters complain that the king endorsed Prayuth's premiership after elections last year that opposition figures say were engineered to keep his hands on power. Prayuth, who as army chief led a 2014 coup, says the election was fair.(AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
A small group of pro-democracy protesters flash a three-fingered salute at riot police officers close to Government House in Bangkok. Protesters complain that the king endorsed Prayuth's premiership after elections last year that opposition figures say were engineered to keep his hands on power. Prayuth, who as army chief led a 2014 coup, says the election was fair.(AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
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