Photos: Student protests continue as Thai PM defies resignation calls

Thailand imposed a strict state emergency which outlawed public gathering of more than five people on October 15. However, the state’s action has not succeeded in discouraging the protesters to back down from protests demanding Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha leave office, the constitution be amended and the nation's monarchy undergo reform. These student-led protests that started in August appear to be at its peak - after more than 10,000 people attended the protest at Bangkok intersection on October 15, braving a possibility of being detained by the state apparatus at length without charge. Meanwhile, Chan-ocha rejected all calls demanding his resignation and ordered the government to step up efforts to put a complete end to the protests. According to a legal aid group for the protesters, atleast 51 people have been arrested since October 13 in connection with the protests.

Updated On Oct 17, 2020 11:35 AM IST
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People gesture during anti-government protest in Bangkok on October 15. Student-led pro democracy protests that started in August appear to be at its peak - after more than 10,000 people attended the protest at Bangkok intersection on October 15. Braving a possibility of being detained by the state apparatus at length without charge, people defied state emergency to participate in the protest. (Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters)
Updated on Oct 17, 2020 11:35 AM IST

People gesture during anti-government protest in Bangkok on October 15. Student-led pro democracy protests that started in August appear to be at its peak - after more than 10,000 people attended the protest at Bangkok intersection on October 15. Braving a possibility of being detained by the state apparatus at length without charge, people defied state emergency to participate in the protest. (Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters)

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Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha addresses a press conference at Government House in Bangkok on October 16. After rejecting all calls to resign, Prayuth said that his government, faced with non-violent but disruptive pro-democracy protests, hopes it could drop the state of emergency it imposed to curb them ahead of its 30-day duration “if the situation improves quickly,” AP reported. (AP)
Updated on Oct 17, 2020 11:35 AM IST

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha addresses a press conference at Government House in Bangkok on October 16. After rejecting all calls to resign, Prayuth said that his government, faced with non-violent but disruptive pro-democracy protests, hopes it could drop the state of emergency it imposed to curb them ahead of its 30-day duration “if the situation improves quickly,” AP reported. (AP)

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Riot police are deployed at a main road intersection area ahead of a pro-democracy protest after Thailand issued an emergency decree in Bangkok on October 16. The emergency outlaws public gatherings of more than five people and bans the dissemination of news that is deemed to threaten national security. It also gives authorities broad powers, including detaining people at length without charge, AP reported. (Mladen ANTONOV / Afp)
Updated on Oct 17, 2020 11:35 AM IST

Riot police are deployed at a main road intersection area ahead of a pro-democracy protest after Thailand issued an emergency decree in Bangkok on October 16. The emergency outlaws public gatherings of more than five people and bans the dissemination of news that is deemed to threaten national security. It also gives authorities broad powers, including detaining people at length without charge, AP reported. (Mladen ANTONOV / Afp)

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A person flashes the three-finger salute during a protest in Bangkok on October 14. The protest movement was launched in March by university students and its original core demands were new elections, changes in the constitution to make it more democratic and an end to intimidation of activists. The movement took an unprecedented turn in August when students criticized the monarchy and issued calls for its reform. (Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters)
Updated on Oct 17, 2020 11:35 AM IST

A person flashes the three-finger salute during a protest in Bangkok on October 14. The protest movement was launched in March by university students and its original core demands were new elections, changes in the constitution to make it more democratic and an end to intimidation of activists. The movement took an unprecedented turn in August when students criticized the monarchy and issued calls for its reform. (Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters)

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Pro-democracy protesters occupy a road in the central business district in Bangkok on October 15. According to AP’s report, some 10,000 protesters defied the emergency on October 15 to rally at the Bangkok intersection. (Gemunu Amarasinghe / AP)
Updated on Oct 17, 2020 11:35 AM IST

Pro-democracy protesters occupy a road in the central business district in Bangkok on October 15. According to AP’s report, some 10,000 protesters defied the emergency on October 15 to rally at the Bangkok intersection. (Gemunu Amarasinghe / AP)

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A car in the royal motorcade with Queen Suthida and Prince Dipangkorn drives past a group of anti-government demonstrators in front of the Government House in Bangkok on October 14. A video circulated widely on social media showing members of a small crowd heckling a royal motorcade. The incident has shocked Thais because by tradition and law - members of the royal family are treated with the utmost respect, AP reported (Reuters)
Updated on Oct 17, 2020 11:35 AM IST

A car in the royal motorcade with Queen Suthida and Prince Dipangkorn drives past a group of anti-government demonstrators in front of the Government House in Bangkok on October 14. A video circulated widely on social media showing members of a small crowd heckling a royal motorcade. The incident has shocked Thais because by tradition and law - members of the royal family are treated with the utmost respect, AP reported (Reuters)

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Pro-democracy protesters cover a CCTV with stickers during the pro-democracy rally occupied the main road in the central business district in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Thailand's government declared a strict new state of emergency for the capital on Thursday, a day after a student-led protest against the country's traditional establishment saw an extraordinary moment in which demonstrators heckled a royal motorcade. (AP Photo/ Wason Wanichakorn) (Wason Wanichakorn / AP)
Updated on Oct 17, 2020 11:35 AM IST

Pro-democracy protesters cover a CCTV with stickers during the pro-democracy rally occupied the main road in the central business district in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Thailand's government declared a strict new state of emergency for the capital on Thursday, a day after a student-led protest against the country's traditional establishment saw an extraordinary moment in which demonstrators heckled a royal motorcade. (AP Photo/ Wason Wanichakorn) (Wason Wanichakorn / AP)

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Protesters sleep in front of Government house during demonstration in Bangkok on October 15. Police announced on October 16 that they would block roads leading to Bangkok’s Rajprasong intersection, where last night’s protest was held, after protesters called on supporters to mass again while protesting activities continued well past midnight, AP reported. (Rapeephat Sitichailapa / AP)
Updated on Oct 17, 2020 11:35 AM IST

Protesters sleep in front of Government house during demonstration in Bangkok on October 15. Police announced on October 16 that they would block roads leading to Bangkok’s Rajprasong intersection, where last night’s protest was held, after protesters called on supporters to mass again while protesting activities continued well past midnight, AP reported. (Rapeephat Sitichailapa / AP)

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A pro-democracy protester holds a banner during a protest in Bangkok on October 15. Meanwhile, atleast 51 people have been arrested since October 13 in connection with the protests, a legal aid group called Thai Lawyers for Human Rights told AP. (Gemunu Amarasinghe / AP)
Updated on Oct 17, 2020 11:35 AM IST

A pro-democracy protester holds a banner during a protest in Bangkok on October 15. Meanwhile, atleast 51 people have been arrested since October 13 in connection with the protests, a legal aid group called Thai Lawyers for Human Rights told AP. (Gemunu Amarasinghe / AP)

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