Thousands of protesters gathered in the city to demonstrate against Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and his government over their management of the health crisis and for allegedly taking advantage of the pandemic to stifle critics.
However, law enforcement clashed with the attendees when large numbers of riot police were deployed to disperse the crowds. Videos shared on social media showed officers firing tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters.
Other disturbing videos showed dozens of armed police officers apparently targeting singled-out civilians, beating them to the ground and striking them with their batons.
Local authorities reported at least six police officers were injured in Tuesday’s clashes and at least six protesters arrested. It’s not clear how many protesters have been hurt.
Some in the crowd threw rocks and other projectiles at the officers, littering the streets with debris. Two police booths were also set alight during the latest protests.