Thai protesters use giant inflatable ducks against cops’ water cannons

November 17, 2020 

Pro-Democracy demonstrators in Thailand have adopted a different kind of defense against police water cannons — giant inflatable ducks.

New images from the unrest in Bangkok, where protesters are pushing for a shakeup of the nation’s monarchy and leadership, shows demonstrators fending off jets of water by ducking behind the bright yellow balloons — which resemble massive rubber duckie bath toys.

In one photo, anti-government protesters can be seen seeking shelter behind two buses with four of the inflatable birds.

The student-led democracy movement has gained steam in recent months as it puts pressure on Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to resign and to make Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn more accountable, according to the BBC.

Prayuth, a former general, seized power in a military coup in 2014.

Protesters also want reforms in the Thai Senate, where members are currently not elected into office.

Anti-government protesters gather while lawmakers debate on constitution change, in Bangkok

Anti-government protesters gather while lawmakers debate on constitution change, in Bangkok

Thai protesters use giant inflatable ducks against police water cannons in Bangkok, Thailand today.

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APTOPIX Thailand Protests

APTOPIX Thailand Protests

Pro-democracy protesters help to move a protester with gun-shot injuries during an anti-government rally in Thailand today.

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Demonstrations during parliament session over the rewrite of constitution

Demonstrations during parliament session over the rewrite of constitution

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Demonstrators use inflatable rubber ducks as shields to protect themselves from water cannons during an anti-government protest as lawmakers debate constitution change, outside the parliament in Bangkok

Demonstrators use inflatable rubber ducks as shields to protect themselves from water cannons during an anti-government protest as lawmakers debate constitution change, outside the parliament in Bangkok

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Demonstrators use inflatable rubber ducks as shields to protect themselves from water cannons during an anti-government protest, outside the parliament in Bangkok

Demonstrators use inflatable rubber ducks as shields to protect themselves from water cannons during an anti-government protest, outside the parliament in Bangkok

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A demonstrator uses a shield as a protection against water cannons during an anti-government protest in Bangkok

A demonstrator uses a shield as a protection against water cannons during an anti-government protest in Bangkok

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Escalating violence has seen members of the pro-democracy movement clash with pro-monarchy demonstrators and police, who have taken to use tear gas and water cannons to disperse the protesters.

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