Despite a state of emergency, Thai continue to demonstrate en masse

On Thursday, Prime Minister Prayuth declared a state of emergency. Groups of more than five people have since been banned. Reporting that can lead to unrest is also prohibited.

That did not stop many Thai from taking to the streets again. Thursday wanted thousands of protesters spend the night at the prime minister’s office, but the riot police put a stop to that. The demonstrators also blocked a street that the king would drive along. The criticism of the monarchy breaks a taboo in Thailand, where the king has an almost divine status. Lese majesty carries a maximum sentence of fifteen years in prison.

On Friday, the protests were grim: police used water cannons and blocked streets to stop the protesters. Several protesters were also arrested.

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