Thai police used water cannons and charged toward protestors who had gathered near the King’s Palace in Bangkok to call for the release of protest leaders and demand reform of the monarchy.
Hundreds of police in riot gear and shields advanced on different fronts against protestors to push people away from the Grand Palace.
In some places they faced off with protestors who threw firecrackers.
More than 1,000 protestors had gathered near the palace in Bangkok in an area known as Sanam Luang, or the Royal Field.
“We will arrest anyone on the streets,” police said over loudspeakers as multiple lines of police advanced, pushing people back.
Using shields, batons, rubber bullets and tear gas, the police detained five protestors according to the report by Kissana Pattanacharoen, the police deputy spokesperson.
“We repeatedly issued warnings before escalating our response,” he said, adding that protesters used metal bars and threw stones and marbles.