Thousands of Thai protesters defy ban on rallies as violence flares


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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