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Thousands of Thai protesters defy ban on rallies as violence flares

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Thai police used water cannons against protesters in the most violent escalation of three months of demonstrations against the government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, a former junta leader. Defying a government ban on gatherings for a second day in Bangkok, protesters pushed back against helmeted police who advanced with batons and riot shields. In scenes resembling Hong Kong protests, demonstrators held umbrellas against the water.

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