Thai anti-coup protesters squared off against soldiers in Bangkok on Sunday in a growing show of dissent despite warnings from the ruling junta to end rallies.
Dozens of protesters with large banners that read “Junta Out” and “Stop Coup” staged a boisterous demonstration, jeering angrily and pushing at lines of armed soldiers outside a shopping mall in the center of Bangkok.
At least two protesters were taken away by the soldiers, according to AFP journalists at the scene. One man was dragged away bleeding, while other demonstrators spat at soldiers as public anger grew against the military's takeover.
The public protest came despite the junta’s fresh warning on Sunday against the use of social media to “incite” unrest.
Army spokesman Col Winthai Suvaree went on television and pleaded for people's understanding “because democracy cannot proceed normally at the moment.”
He said those detained by the military had not been “tortured or beaten” and reiterated that they would be released within seven days. Those being held include politicians and leaders from both sides of the country's rival protest movements.