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Thousands gather and use phones as flashlights in recent Thailand protest

Anti-government protesters wave their mobile phone flashlights during a rally in Khon Kaen, northeast Thailand, on Sunday night (October 18). The demonstration came on the sixth consecutive day of rallies that have spread across the country calling for democratic reforms in politics. In Bangkok on Saturday and Sunday, thousands of Thai protesters occupied busy roads and intersections. Rallies continued around Thailand despite ministers issuing a state of emergency which bans gatherings of more than five people and the Prime Minister issuing a chilling 'death' warning. Government chiefs closed all of the city's MRT subway stations and BTS monorail sky train stations amid further unrest. Protesters converged on different stations across the city to stage "flash mob" style rallies - making Hunger Games-style three-finger pro-democracy salutes and chanting. The latest Thailand protest came after police fired water cannons at the anti-government rioters gathered in the Pathum Wan area. Onlookers hit by the water claimed it contained irritant chemicals. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha had ordered roads to be blocked around the area and warned a curfew could be imposed if protests escalate. The leader made chilling veiled threats warning protesters ''not to tempt the grim reaper'' before adding that ''everyone can die today or tomorrow''. Anti-government rallies stared on Tuesday and sparked clashes with police and security personnel the next day. On Thursday morning, dozens of Thai protest leaders were arrested and refused bail. Prime Minister Chan-o-cha has issued a "State Of Severe Emergency" following the unprecedented unrest. The law bans gatherings of more than five people. Thai anti-government and pro-democracy rallies and protests have grown since the start of the year. Activists have made sweeping demands including the resignation of the prime minister, constitutional changes and reform of the monarchy. However, officials have claimed that a mixture of disaffected opposition, foreign influence and social media 'bots' are stirring up the unrest. Opponents claim the protests are being funded by globalists hoping to destabilise Thailand. The Thailand protest and protests have continued over the last week in Bangkok and other provinces.

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