Pro-democracy demonstrators attend an anti-government protest in Bangkok, Thailand October 25, 2020. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
Pro-democracy demonstrators attend an anti-government protest in Bangkok, Thailand, Oct. 25, 2020.

Thousands of protesters gathered in Bangkok’s central shopping district Sunday after the prime minister ignored a "deadline” from the movement to resign. 

Last week, largely student-led protests demanded that Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-Cha, who seized power in a 2014 coup, resign by Saturday evening. As the deadline came and went, protesters returned to the Ratchaprasong intersection to demand his ouster. 

Renewed protests come ahead of a special parliamentary session Monday, which is aimed at easing political tensions amid the ongoing protests.

FILE - Thai protest leader Tattep Ruangprapaikitseree flashes a three-finger salute, a symbol of resistance, as he leaves the Samranrat police station for a court appearance in Bangkok, Thailand, Aug, 26, 2020.
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Prayuth has described the special session as a step toward finding a “middle-of-the-road path. 

In addition to changes to the constitution, demonstrators are seeking to reduce the influence of the Thai monarchy.  

The institution maintains a divine-like status among Thailand’s elite, and is protected by strict “lese majeste” laws that allow for imprisonment of anyone convicted of insulting the monarchy.