Thousands of anti-government protestors and supporters of the monarchy have assembled in the Thai capital of Bangkok before the expected return of King Maha Vajiralongkorn after a lengthy absence. He reportedly spends most of his time outside the country. BBC reports that tension has been escalating for months, with protesters calling for political reforms that include fewer powers for the king and the dismissal of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. The king’s motorcade is expected to travel through the capital on his way to a Buddhist ceremony.