2021 Thai Protest: Clashes in Bangkok Downtown

A protester gives a three-fingers salute during the gathering at the Royal Thai Police Headquarter in downtown to protest against violence from law enforcement toward anti-government protesters on August 17, 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand

Anti-government protesters light smoke flare during the gathering at Democracy Monument on October 14, 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Riot police fire rubber bullets to disperse anti-government protesters as they rally on August 07, 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Anti-government protesters react to tear gas fired by riot police to disperse them on August 10, 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand.

A protester is seen hitting tear gas canister with tennis racket toward riot police during the clash on August 13, 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Protester form wall of shields while launching projectiles from slingshot toward riot police during the clash on August 13, 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Firework explodes above the riot police on the express way during the clash at Din Daeng Intersection on August 11, 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Anti-government protesters escape the torrent of water spray from water cannon truck during the clash with riot police on August 21, 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Anti-government protesters gesture from behind a barricade set alight on August 10, 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Protesters give three fingers salutes while retreating from the clash on the back of a truck on August 15, 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand.

A bystander who was exposed to tear gas lies on a sidewalk during clashes between anti-government protesters and riot police on August 29, 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand.

A sugarcane juice vendor with a gas mask cross the road, while selling drinks at the protest site on August 21, 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand.

After a year since the beginning of the student-led mass protests in Thailand that subsided due to the coronavirus outbreak, the anti-government protesters returned as the delta variant wrecks havoc through Bangkok. However, the gatherings often resulted in violent clashes that occurred almost daily between August and September, where protesters use slingshots, fireworks, paint, and homemade bombs against rubber bullets and teargas from riot police. Although both protesters and police sustained injuries during the clashes, various rights groups expressed concerns that police responses were often excessive and indiscriminate toward protesters who are mostly young people.