(BANGKOK) #Coronavirus Report: More than a thousand Thai anti-government protesters have clashed with police as they protest the government’s failure to handle #COVID19 outbreaks and its impact on the economy #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Aug.09: Thai riot police on Saturday fired water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets to repel the crowds who marched on an army base where Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has his residence to demand his resignation.

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says that Thai protesters launch projectiles and homemade bombs at police as discontent over the #pandemic boils over as the country reported a new high of 21,838 confirmed cases on Saturday, with 212 more deaths.

Key points:

  • Protesters threw projectiles, firecrackers and homemade bombs at police
  • Bangkok and surrounding provinces have been under lockdown for weeks
  • Protesters are demanding the Prime Minister’s resignation over the handling of the pandemic

Many of them threw firecrackers and homemade bombs at the police.

Police sealed off a road near Victory Monument in the capital Bangkok using containers and shot tear gas and rubber bullets to push protesters back.

A police truck spews flames and thick grey smoke in the middle of an empty intersection
ABC News: Police fired water cannons and rubber bullets at protesters as they launched projectiles at police.(Reuters: Shoon Naing)

About 100 officers were seen in riot gear and shields metres from demonstrators.

Mr Prayuth has been criticised for a slow vaccination program.

The protesters are also calling for part of the budget for the monarchy and the military to be redirected into the COVID-19 fight.

The march was called off in the early evening but disturbances continued, with protesters battling police and hurling objects.

A police officer pins a protester to the ground during rallies against the government in Bangkok
About 100 officers in riot gear were seen.(Reuters: Soe Zeya Tun)

According to the city’s Erawan Medical Center emergency services, five people were hospitalised, including three police officers.

Thailand facing #COVID19 spike and economic distress

Bangkok and surrounding provinces have been under lockdown, including overnight curfew, for weeks.

A lone protester walks calmly in front of a line of police in Bangkok during the protest
The protest movement that began last year has been revived by discontent over health and economic crises.(Reuters: Soe Zeya Tun)

The protest movement began last year with demands for sweeping political change, including unprecedented public calls for the reform of the powerful monarchy to make it more accountable.

After going dormant due to prosecutions, internal disagreements and the pandemic, protests have returned in recent weeks, fueled by the growing discontent over the government’s response to the health crisis and its massive impact on the economy, which is reliant on tourism.

AP/Reuters

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Aug.09: 2021:

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