Thai police gathered in pressure on the streets of Bangkok, deploying water cannons to disperse anti-government protesters who had assembled within the capital in defiance of an emergency decree banning giant gatherings.

The gang chanted slogans calling for the discharge of jailed activists, whereas shouting abuse at Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha. 

Eyewitness footage from the scene exhibits giant deployments of closely armed riot police all through the town, in addition to water cannons getting used to disperse the demonstrators. 

It was the second day of protests amid wider and rising anti-government sentiment in latest months, and an unprecedented problem to the nation’s long-standing monarchy. Protesters pushed again towards police traces, hurling bottles and different projectiles, whereas defending themselves with umbrellas. 

“The dictatorial authorities is utilizing violence to disperse the individuals’s motion,” mentioned protest chief Tattep Ruangprapaikitseree.

Greater than 40 protesters had been arrested amid a authorities crackdown this previous week. They had been detained for his or her position within the ongoing protests, which name for a brand new structure, an finish to the monarchy, and the removing of Prayut. 

The prime minister is a former navy ruler, whom critics accuse of interfering with a common election final yr to take care of energy as a civilian.

In the meantime, two males have been charged with tried violence towards Queen Suthida, whose motorcade was surrounded by protesters. If convicted, the boys face a doable dying penalty. 

UN Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has expressed grave concern over the scenario. 

“We’re notably involved in regards to the software of great expenses, together with the crime of sedition, towards people for peacefully exercising their basic rights,” mentioned Ravina Shamdasani, a spokeswoman for the commissioner.

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