Bangkok protests prompt transit system shutdown

Young anti-government protesters in the Thai capital, Bangkok, on Saturday staged protests at various locations across the city, including train stations.

The mass protests began in Bangkok on Wednesday, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and reform of the monarchy.

Demonstrators occupied an intersection along the main street in the center of the city on Friday. They clashed with police and were dispersed.

On Saturday, young protesters avoided rallying at any specific location to make it more difficult for police to keep them at bay. They instead held protests in smaller groups at multiple locations across the city while communicating with each other via social media.

Nearly 100 students and others staged a sit-in in front of a station in the center of the city, shouting all the while.

The government shut down almost all the lines of Bangkok's subway and elevated transit systems in accordance with a state of emergency it declared for the capital area.

The shutdown affected residents' lives in the city. Some people visibly had no idea what to do in front of the closed stations.