Oct 16, 2020
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Bangkok police began to disperse protesters with water cannons

Law enforcement agencies in Bangkok began using water cannons to disperse protesters who gathered for a third consecutive demonstration despite the government's ban. TASS reports.

According to the agency, police officers with shields, accompanied by cars with water cannons, came close to the demonstrators who took up a position under the Sayam underground station.

The police tried to force out the protesters by spraying them from time to time with water cannons. Before using special equipment, they demanded that the audience dispersed.

The protesters built barriers with improvised means and retreated to the Pathumwan intersection, where they began to gather at 17.00 local time (13.00 Moscow time). The police are not yet disassembling and ramming the fences.

The protest action is taking place near the MBK shopping center. The protesters originally planned to gather in the same place where the previous demonstration took place - near the Central World shopping center, but the police blocked the roads and put up barriers.

On October 14, thousands of people gathered outside the Democracy Monument and marched to the Thai Government House in Bangkok, demanding the resignation of the Prime Minister. Organizers said up to 20,000 people participated in the rally on the anniversary of the 1973 student uprising, while police reported 8,000 demonstrators. An additional state of emergency came into force yesterday, including prohibiting gatherings in groups of more than five people. At 04.00 (00.00 Moscow time), the police began to disperse the protesters and detained dozens of people, including the leaders of the protest.

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