- Title: Police fire tear gas at Thai protesters as they march to PM's residence
- Date: 13th August 2021
- Summary: BANGKOK, THAILAND (AUGUST 13, 2021) (REUTERS) PROTESTERS RUNNING / TEAR GAS CANISTERS LANDING IN CROWD / PEOPLE PUTTING TRAFFIC CONE OVER TEAR GAS CANISTER PEOPLE HELPING AFFECTED PERSON LYING ON GROUND / TEAR GAS CANISTER LANDING / PEOPLE PUTTING TRAFFIC CONE PEOPLE POURING WATER INTO TRAFFIC CONE PROTEST LEADERS SPEAKING ON TRUCK / PROTESTERS PROTESTER CLIMBING ON TRAFFIC SIGN / POLICE FIRING TEAR GAS FROM ELEVATED HIGHWAY TEAR GAS IN CROWD PEOPLE WASHING THEIR FACES AFTER BEING AFFECTED BY TEAR GAS
- Embargoed: 27th August 2021 11:56
- Keywords: PM Thailand demonstration protests tear gas
- Location: BANGKOK, THAILAND
- City: BANGKOK, THAILAND
- Country: Thailand
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA001EQ437EV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Thai police fired tear gas canisters and rubber bullets at demonstrators on Friday (August 13) after hundreds defied a ban on gatherings to rally in central Bangkok.
The protesters were attempting to march from Bangkok's Victory Monument to the Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's residence, to demand his resignation over his government's handling of the coronavirus crisis.
Police shot tear gas from an elevated highway in response to demonstrators who tried to pull down containers that were being used as roadblocks, in a third day of confrontation this week.
Activists from the youth-led Thalufah group had vowed to protest peacefully after demonstrations this week also ended with police using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse them as they pressed for premier Prayuth removal.
Thailand's youth-led protest movement, which drew broad support during months of large and frequent rallies last year, is regaining momentum, coinciding with country's worst coronavirus outbreak yet.
(Production: Artorn Pookasook, Travis Teo)
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