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Focused on Thai King, Protesters Vow to Persist Even If PM Quits

  • Prime Minister Prayuth has resisted calls to step down
  • Demonstrators say they’ll fight until monarchy is reformed
Thai demonstrators are looking to upend the royalist elite that has run the country for much of its history.

Thai demonstrators are looking to upend the royalist elite that has run the country for much of its history.

Photographer: Mladen Antonov/AFP via Getty Images

With Thai protests intensifying against the monarchy, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha’s hold on power is growing more tenuous by the day.

A poll published Sunday by Bangkok’s Suan Dusit University showed more than 62% of participants said discontent with Prayuth was the key reason for the recent demonstrations. The former army chief has run Thailand for more than six years, taking power in a 2014 coup and returning as premier after elections last year under a constitution produced by his military regime.