Water cannon blast rally
Prayut angrily insists he won’t step down
Police used water cannon to disperse anti-government demonstrators in central Bangkok on Friday evening as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha insisted he will not bow to pressure from student-led protesters and resign.
The crackdown came just two hours after crowds began forming near Pathumwan intersection. The venue was a last-minute change after authorities completely sealed off Ratchaprasong intersection.
The protesters shrugged off the state of emergency brought into effect in Bangkok on Thursday as they sought to pressure Gen Prayut to quit and for the authorities to release detained activists.
Hundreds of riot police formed lines at Chalerm Phao intersection and began advancing toward a large crowd taking shelter from the rain under the skywalk…