Thailand: Tensions continue as thousands of anti-government protesters gather in Bangkok

Thousands of anti-government protesters gathered in Bangkok's Silom district, on Thursday, marching down Silom Road and block traffic, disrupting the area. Protesters made street art at the gathering, with one example showing a photo of the Thai Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, heavily edited to resemble the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. A protester was also seen holding a placard which read «You water lizard Dtu», with Dtu being a common nickname for the Thai Prime Minister. The slogan also translates to a more vulgar insult. Many protesters were seen making the three-finger salute during the protest, a symbol that has been borrowed from the Hunger Games movie franchise and widely integrated into popular protest culture. While for the last three months student-driven anti-government demonstrations have been growing in Bangkok and throughout the country, this week has also seen the largest pro-monarchy demonstration in Thailand's capital to-date, in an event which took place on Tuesday. Protesters are demanding the resignation of Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, a new constitution, and the reform of the long-standing monarchy system in the country.
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