Protesters gathered outside of the headquarters of the Royal Thai Police in Bangkok on Wednesday, November 18, amid anti-government unrest occurring within the city. Law enforcement officers reportedly barricaded themselves within the headquarters and did not intervene in the gathering after they warned demonstrators not to storm the building. Some protesters reportedly vandalised the headquarters with graffiti before the demonstration peacefully dispersed at 20:30 (local time).
Protesters had gathered at Ratchaprasong intersection, where the headquarters is located, following violent unrest which occurred on Tuesday, November 17, during which at least 55 protesters were injured.
Further associated demonstrations should be anticipated, especially in the vicinity of the parliament, and other areas of the capital in the near term. A heightened security presence is expected in the vicinity of all demonstrations and clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out.
Public opposition has grown against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha over government spending, the dissolution of an opposition party, and many other factors. Activists have also called for reforms to the powers of the monarchy. Protests on an increasing scale have been held in Bangkok and other locations across Thailand in recent months. Counter protests have also been held, particularly in support of the monarchy.
Those in Bangkok are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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