Thai po­lice crack­ing down on pro­test­ers

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - National -

Riot po­lice in Thai­land cracked down on thou­sands of stu­dent- led pro­test­ers who ral­lied Fri­day in the cap­i­tal in de­fi­ance of a strict state of emer­gency, while the prime min­is­ter re­jected calls for his res­ig­na­tion.

The pro­test­ers gath­ered in tor­ren­tial mon­soon rains to push their de­mands, in­clud­ing that Prime Min­is­ter Prayuth Chan- ocha leave of­fice, the con­sti­tu­tion be amended and the na­tion’s monar­chy un­dergo re­form.

It was the sec­ond day they de­fied an or­der not to gather, im­posed af­ter some demon­stra­tors heck­led a royal mo­tor­cade, an un­prece­dented de­vel­op­ment in Thai­land, where the monar­chy is nor­mally held in rev­er­ence.

Po­lice used wa­ter can­nons and charged at the crowd. Jour­nal­ists who were hit by the wa­ter said it caused a sting­ing sen­sa­tion and was dyed blue, to mark pro­test­ers for pos­si­ble later ar­rest.

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