In Bangkok, anti-government protestors scuffle with police


On Saturday (Aug 7), over a thousand Thai anti-government protestors fought with police, protesting the government’s failure to address coronavirus epidemics and their economic consequences. Protesters marched to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-office, Cha’s Government House, demanding his resignation.
Police used containers to block a road near the Victory Monument in Bangkok’s capital, using tear gas and rubber bullets to force demonstrators back.
“We’re keeping this line open,” cops said over the loudspeaker.
A hundred cops in riot gear and shields were visible a few meters away from the protestors. Several groups, including Mr. Prayut’s erstwhile political supporters, have staged street rallies against the government in recent weeks, as concerns grow over the government’s handling of coronavirus outbreaks and the economic harm caused by pandemic measures.
Thailand set a new record for the number of new Covid-19 infections in a single day on Saturday, with over 22,000 new illnesses and 212 fatalities.
Since the pandemic began last year, the government has reported 736,522 overall cases and 6,066 fatalities due to the coronavirus.


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