Leaders of the month-long protest movement calling for reform have promised to continue to take to the streets.
Anti-government protesters in Thailand’s capital sprayed water at police headquarters and splattered paint on the sign a day after protesters used tear gas and water cannons.
The kingdom was rocked by months of student protests demanding changes to the constitution with military scripts and the removal of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, who first took power in a 2014 coup. Some members of the movement have also called for reforms to the inviolable monarchy, a once taboo issue that is sending shock waves through the Thai establishment.
Thousands of people packed the Ratchaprasong intersection in the heart of Bangkok’s shopping and business district on Wednesday after leaders promised further demonstrations.
After putting anti-royal slogans on the walls and floor, they marched onto the heavily defended National Police Headquarters – led by a clown and a parade of giant inflatable rubber ducks. They were accompanied by a Buddhist monk, who gave the three-fingered greeting from the “Hunger Games” films, which has become the symbol of the youth-led protest movement.
A protester shows the three finger salute during a rally in Bangkok, Thailand, on Nov. 18, 2020 [Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters]”Slaves of tyranny,” the demonstrators sang in front of the building in central Bangkok. Many were equipped with helmets, goggles and gas masks to protect themselves from police operations.
The police were barricaded inside and made no immediate attempt to stop the demonstration.
Wednesday’s protest came a day after the most violent clashes since the democracy movement began in July, when police fired tear gas and laced water cannons at protesters trying to reach parliament, where lawmakers were debating possible amendments to the constitution.
Pro-democracy activists also clashed with royalists who had also taken to the streets.
More than 50 people were injured Tuesday, six with gunshot wounds, according to doctors, although it is not clear who was responsible for the shooting.
Al Jazeera’s Scott Heidler, who reported from Bangkok, said Wednesday’s protests were largely peaceful.
“There’s a lot more celebration today,” he said.