Riot police face off with protesters in Bangkok, Thailand

Thai riot police faced off with anti-military and anti-monarchy protesters in Bangkok, Thailand, this afternoon (Feb 10).

Large crowds gathered at the MBK shopping mall to bang pots and pans and show support for neighbouring Myanmar following its fall to the military.

Anti-government and anti-monarchy protesters joined the rally and demanded the country’s strict lese majeste law is abolished.

A banner displaying an anti-royal message was removed and police clashed with protesters as the unrest continued. In neighbouring Myanmar, protests have erupted after the military toppled leader Aung San Suu Kyi to seize power in a coup.

Deputy police commissioner Piya Tawichai said the protesters could be held liable under the law for “causing a nuisance to others” by beating on the pots and pans at Pathumwan Intersection