Thousands in Thailand Continue Protests in Defiance of Crackdown.

Tens of thousands of protesters were in the streets of Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, October 18, in defiance of a government crackdown as they continue to push for the ouster of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.

Activists managed to stage a fourth consecutive day of protests, despite government efforts to thwart them through a variety of actions, including shutting down Bangkok’s mass transit systems.

Protests erupted over the weekend, which were also held in at least six cities outside Bangkok, despite Prayuth’s declaration of a state of emergency Thursday that banned all political gatherings of five or more people and made all protesters subject to arrest.

Many protesters said they were inspired to take action after the police began using water cannons.

In the past week, police have arrested more than 50 people, including several protest leaders.

The Royal Palace has not commented on the protests, but King Maha Vajiralongkorn has said the country needs people who love the monarchy and the country.

Pro-democracy activists began demonstrating three months ago to force the resignation of Prayuth, a former army general who seized power in a 2014 coup that ousted the elected civilian government. He won election to the post last year, but protesters say the vote was rigged in his favor because of constitutional laws drafted by the military.

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