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In photos: Thai protesters, police clash outside parliament

In photos: Thai protesters, police clash outside parliament

A man rinses his face after tear gas is fired in Bangkok on Nov 17, 2020. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)

BANGKOK: Hundreds of anti-government protesters took to the streets around the parliament building in Bangkok on Tuesday (Nov 17), where lawmakers were debating possible changes to the military-scripted constitution. 

The demonstrators, who attempted to dismantle a police barricade made of concrete and barbed wire, were met with volleys of water canon and tear gas.

CNA correspondents at the scene saw protest frontliners screaming and running, with some shouting in pain after being hit by the blasts of water, which stung their skin on impact. Others were observed to have thrown up after.

READ: Thai lawmakers debate demands for constitutional changes 

A man wearing a helmet gestures as protesters break through a barricade during an anti-government rally in Bangkok on Nov 17, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Mladen Antonov)
Protesters take shelter as police use chemical-laced water cannon to disperse them during an anti-government rally in Bangkok on Nov 17, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Jack Taylor)

One group of protesters confronted several hundred ultra-royalist supporters who were staging their own rally, with the two sides throwing bottles and other objects at each other.

In the evening, protesters broke through barricades and gathered at Kiak Kai intersection, just outside the parliament house. The area was still wet from water cannon and chemical irritants hung in the air, stinging the eyes of those without goggles.

The protesters told CNA that they plan to stay there overnight to wait for the parliamentarians’ voting on the proposed charter amendments on Wednesday.

Here are some scenes from the latest clashes in Bangkok:

Protesters flee as tear gas is fired in Bangkok on Nov 17, 2020. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)
A protester is seen at Samsen Road near the parliament building in Bangkok on Nov 17, 2020. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)
Protesters are seen at Samsen Road near the parliament building in Bangkok on Nov 17, 2020. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)
A man rinses his face after tear gas is fired in Bangkok on Nov 17, 2020. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)
Protesters are seen at Samsen Road in Bangkok near the parliament building in Bangkok on Nov 17, 2020. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)
Tear gas was fired at Samsen Road in Bangkok near the parliament building in Bangkok on Nov 17, 2020. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)
A protester wears a gas mask during an anti-government rally in Bangkok on Nov 17, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Jack Taylor)
“I command that you stay under the Constitution", reads a message on a balloon outside parliament house where protesters are gathered in Bangkok on Nov 17, 2020. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)
Protesters at an anti-government rally in Bangkok on Nov 17, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Mladen Antonov)
Protesters have broken through barricades outside the parliament house in Bangkok on Nov 17, 2020. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)
Barbed wire is seen at Kiak Kai intersection, outside the parliament building in Bangkok on Nov 17, 2020. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)
A protester is hit by chemical-laced water cannon in Bangkok on Nov 17, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Mladen Antonov)
A protester wearing a gas mask sits by the police line during an anti-government rally in Bangkok on Nov 17, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Mladen Antonov)
A protester walks in front of police firing tear gas in Bangkok on Nov 17, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Jack Taylor)
Protest leaders on a truck address the crowd during an anti-government rally in Bangkok on Nov 17, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Mladen Antonov)
Protesters hold up the three-finger salute next to colourful balloons as they take part in an anti-government rally in Bangkok on Nov 17, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Jack Taylor)
Protesters hold up the three-finger salute during an anti-government rally in Bangkok on Nov 17, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Mladen Antonov)



Source: AGENCIES/cna/zl

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