BANGKOK: Thai police fired rubber bullets Friday in clashes with dozens of protesters trying to march to the venue of an Asia-Pacific summit in Bangkok, reports AFP.
Around 50 people demonstrating against the event and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-Cha threw rocks, bottles and broken glass during half an hour of scuffles with hundreds of riot police.
The drama kicked off when protesters barbecued chillies on a police car and billowed the spicy smoke towards the riot squad.
Police said 25 people have been arrested on charges of assault, vandalism, arson and obstructing officers.
Ten people suffered minor injuries in the afternoon clash, according to the Erawan Medical Centre.
We weren't able to control the situation, that is why the use of force was necessary, Royal Thai Police Major General Archayon Kraithong told reporters in Bangkok.
Authorities have erected shipping containers to block the path of protesters near the monument.
Former coup leader Prayut is deeply unpopular in Thailand and in 2020 there were mass youth-led pro-democracy street rallies attracting tens of thousands at the peak, calling for his resignation.
He is due to face voters at an election in the coming months.