Protesters in Thailand clashed with police on Saturday, August 7, as what was a peaceful protest turned into violence with police unleashing teargas canisters and rubber bullets on protesters, whilst protesters responded by hurling firecrackers and rocks at the police.
Thick clouds of smoke billowed towards the sky during the confrontation in the Din Daeng area of Bangkok whilst security forces sealed off a road which leads to the residence of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.
Police officers were also compelled to withdraw at some point as teargas effects blew into their own faces.
Many people in Thailand have blamed the administration of Prayuth for its inability to develop an efficient vaccination policy in the face of a rampaging pandemic.
Protesters are calling for the immediate resignation of Prayuth, saying that part of the budget for the military and monarchy be channelled towards combating Coronavirus in the country. The protest, which started in the country since last year, has escalated after the country’s government struggled to put under control the massive surge in COVID-19.