Leaders of the months-long protest motion calling for reforms have promised to proceed taking to the streets.
Anti-government demonstrators in Thailand’s capital have sprayed water on the police headquarters and splashed its signal exterior with paint, a day after police used tear fuel and water cannon on protesters.
The dominion has been rocked by months of student-led protests demanding modifications to the military-scripted structure and the removing of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who first took energy in a 2014 coup. Some within the motion have additionally known as for reforms to the untouchable monarchy, a once-taboo topic, sending shockwaves via the Thai institution.
Hundreds of individuals on Wednesday packed the Ratchaprasong intersection within the coronary heart of Bangkok’s purchasing and business district, after leaders promised extra demonstrations.
After daubing anti-royal slogans on partitions and the bottom they marched on the heavily-defended nationwide police headquarters – led by a clown and a parade of big inflatable rubber geese. They had been accompanied by a Buddhist monk giving the three-fingered salute borrowed from the “Starvation Video games” films that has grow to be emblematic of the youth-led protest motion.
“Slaves of tyranny,” the protesters chanted exterior the constructing in central Bangkok. Many had come outfitted with helmets, goggles and fuel masks to guard themselves in opposition to the police motion.
Police had been barricaded inside and so they made no rapid try to cease the demonstration.
Wednesday’s protest got here a day after probably the most violent confrontations for the reason that democracy motion started in July, as police fired tear fuel and irritant-laced water cannon on protesters making an attempt to succeed in Parliament, the place legislators started debating attainable modifications to the structure.
Professional-democracy activists additionally clashed with royalists who had taken to the streets, too.
Greater than 50 individuals had been injured on Tuesday, six of them with gunshot wounds, in line with medical officers, although it’s not clear who was liable for the taking pictures.
Al Jazeera’s Scott Heidler, reporting from Bangkok, mentioned Wednesday’s protests had been largely peaceable.
“At this time there may be way more of a celebratory temper,” he mentioned.