Police fire water cannon at demonstrators in Bangkok as anti-government protests continue

Police fired water cannon at anti-government protesters in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday (October 16) as thousands gathered in the capital for the fourth consecutive day.

There were unconfirmed reports that the water contained irritant chemicals and that tear gas was used on the demonstrators.

Large crowds gathered in the Pathum Wan area after a previous planned location at the Ratchaprasong Intersection was closed by police.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha ordered roads to be blocked around the area and warned a curfew would be imposed if protests escalate.

Public transports, including metro and sky trains in the area, have also been closed. Anti-government rallies started on Tuesday and sparked clashes with police and security personnel the next day.

On Thursday morning, dozens of Thai protest leaders were arrested and refused bail.

Prime Minister Chan-o-cha declared a state of emergency following the unprecedented unrest. The law bans gatherings of more than five people.

Thai anti-government and pro-democracy rallies and protests have grown since the start of the year. Activists have made sweeping demands including the resignation of the prime minister, constitutional changes and reform of the monarchy.

Officials have claimed that a mixture of disaffected opposition, foreign influence and social media "bots" are stirring up the unrest.


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Tags: News, police, fire, water cannons, anti-government, protester

Location: Thailand