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41 injured in Bangkok protests as Thai police deploy water cannons and tear gas (VIDEOS)

41 injured in Bangkok protests as Thai police deploy water cannons and tear gas (VIDEOS)

At least 41 people have been injured in Bangkok, the city’s Erawan Emergency Medical Centre said, as protests pushing for constitutional reforms escalated in the Thai capital on Tuesday amid reports of live ammunition being fired.

A police officer was among the injured, the hospital said, with a dozen people affected by tear gas and five reportedly sustaining gunshot wounds. 

Clashes break out at anti-government protest in #Bangkok, #Thailand pic.twitter.com/oBoHHH8Z6S

— Ruptly (@Ruptly) November 17, 2020

Thousands of people faced off with police in the Thai capital on Tuesday for the latest round of protests, as they demanded the removal of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and for the expansive powers of King Maha Vajiralongkorn to be limited. The protests have been running since July, and Tuesday’s unrest also involved scuffles between those pushing for reform and counter-protesting royalists.

Officers fired a water cannon at some demonstrators who had cut through razor-wire barricades and reportedly taken a water cannon truck stationed outside parliament, where MPs were discussing changes to the constitution, which may affect the role of the monarchy.

Protesters have broken through one of the police lines and have taken a water cannon truck. Police have retreated from this position. #ม็อบ17พฤศจิกา #รับทุกร่างคือทางออก pic.twitter.com/cedTc3wVWy

— Thai Enquirer (@ThaiEnquirer) November 17, 2020

Fighting between yellow-shirted royalists and protesters from the youth-led pro-reform movement was also reported, with social media videos appearing to show scuffles near a footbridge and people hurling rocks.

20.20h: Clashes between royalists and reformists have briefly flared up again at the Kiak Kai intersection. A loud bang and smoke can be heard in this clip. Situation tense but calm now, medics rushing to the scene. #ThaiProtest2020 #ม็อบ17พฤศจิกา #ประชุมรัฐสภา https://t.co/M9qH3j91cD

— Saksith Saiyasombut (@SaksithCNA) November 17, 2020

In some local news footage, medics could be seen rushing stretchers bearing some of the wounded through crowds of protesters. Some images circulating on social media purported to show an injured child being taken away for medical attention.

[BREAKING] Yellow shirts now throwing rocks and taunting student protesters. #ม็อบ17พฤศจิกา #รับทุกร่างคือทางออก pic.twitter.com/PTrHB90UKp

— Thai Enquirer (@ThaiEnquirer) November 17, 2020

Breaking news! 20.30 มีผู้ชุมนุมบาดเจ็บหลังจากมีการปะทะกันของสองฝ่ายและมีเสียงคล้ายปืน มีการลำเลียงผู้บาดเจ็บที่คาดว่า”น่าจะ”ถูกยิงนำส่งรพ.#ม็อบ17พฤศจิกา #กูสั่งให้มึงอยู่ใต้รัฐธรรมนูญ #whatshappeninginthailand pic.twitter.com/SqvSs016SG

— บ่นไปเรื่อยเปื่อยเฉื่อยแฉะแซะมงแซะมงแซะมงมง (@hengsuaycountry) November 17, 2020

Unverified videos posted to social media appeared to show bullet casings on the ground and live rounds being fired. As well as demonstrators with gunshot wounds.

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Deputy Commander of the Royal Thai Army Piya Tavichai denied that the authorities had deployed any live rounds at the protests, and said only rubber bullets had been used, in order to disperse crowds.

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