Thousands of Thais defy crackdown on protests in Bangkok

Police use water cannons on demonstrators and close down city’s transport system

Thousands of Thais have joined protests across Bangkok in defiance of a crackdown on three months of demonstrations aimed at the government and the monarchy.

Police used water cannons for the first time on Friday and closed much of the city’s transport system on Saturday to try to thwart protesters, but they gathered where they could.

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