Thai protesters renew call for pm to resign

In Thailand, anti-government protesters angry over the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic are back on the streets. This comes as lawmakers debate a no-confidence vote against the prime minister.

Thousands of protesters rallied in the capital Bangkok on Thursday, in defiance of a ban on public gatherings due to the pandemic. They're demanding that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha step down.

The rallies began more than a year ago with the protesters seeking political change including reform of the monarchy. However, the protest movement slowed due to the pandemic and because charges were brought against the leaders under the country's lese majeste law.

After a lull, the protests have experienced renewed energy in recent weeks.
Bangkok has seen almost daily protests. Some of the demonstrators have set fire to police facilities and vehicles. Police have responded by firing rubber bullets and tear gas, with many injuries reported.

Debate on the no-confidence vote is taking place in parliament this week. The opposition is focusing on the government's handling of the pandemic and the economic fallout from the crisis. The vote will take on Saturday.