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Protests in Thailand continue for the third day in a row

Bangkok, Aug 17 (Prensa Latina) The police corps and demonstrators have clashed again downtown in this capital on Tuesday for the third consecutive day of protests against Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha.

Hundreds of demonstrators took to the main streets in Bangkok for the seventh time in eleven days and were repressed by the police with water cannons, after Monday’s protests ended with a young man in a coma from a gunshot wound to the head.

Protected with riot shields, the police officers tried to dissuade the demonstrators, who were also protesting against the supposed police violence that left a 15-year-old boy in a coma on Monday, although the police deny it had used real ammunition.

Thai authorities claim that they only used tear gas and rubber bullets against the protests near a police station downtown and announced they will open an investigation about the incidents.

The demonstrators are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Chan-Ocha, at a time of general unrest due to the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic; health authorities on Tuesday reported 239 deaths from this disease, the highest figure per day so far.