Thousands of people in cars and bicycles protested in Bangkok’s shopping district on Sunday against the government’s handling of the corona epidemic.
At night, some clashes between police and protesters erupted as protesters exploded firecrackers and threw grenades to defend themselves.
The police used the rubber bullets, tear and water cannons against the protesters.
The use of such weapons by Thai police has been on the rise in recent times after several protests erupted following the country’s worst outbreak of the disease.
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Crowded hospitals and slow vaccinations, coupled with the financial problems of several week-long strikes, have angered the administration of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, and the main demand of the protests is for Chan-o-cha’s resignation.
Fearing to spread the news, protesters used motor homes and columns and organized rallies at key junctions to close Bangkok’s already crowded streets.
On Sunday, at least three demonstrations were held in the Thai capital, the largest of the city’s famous shopping malls, which have been vacant since closing in recent weeks.
Three people have been arrested so far in connection with the riots, police said.
Protests have also taken place in other Thai cities, including the resort town of Pattaya and Chiang Mai in the north of the country.