Anti-government protesters took to the streets of Thailand in cars and motorbikes, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha over his management of the coronavirus crisis, as the country battles the worst outbreak to date.
In Bangkok, car drivers honked and motorcyclists raised the three fingers of their hand, a gesture of resistance inspired by the movie “The Hunger Games”, as they walked 20 kilometers from the Republic Monument in the center of the capital to the International Airport. Don Muang.
“As soon as we make a living now, all my family members have been affected,” said a 47-year-old driver who was protesting. “The government has failed to provide vaccines on time and many of us have not yet been vaccinated,” he said. “If we do not take to the streets and shout, the government will simply ignore us.” Demonstrations also took place in other provinces of the country.
The Southeast Asian country aims to have vaccinated 50 million people by the end of 2021, but so far only 5.8% of its population of 66 million has been fully vaccinated and 21% have received at least one dose. Today, Thailand announced 18,027 new cases and 133 new deaths from covid-19, bringing the total to 615,314 infections and 4,990 deaths.