By The Nation
The police also said that they had followed international regulations in dispersing the protesters in order to maintain peace and security, and their actions did not involve extreme violence.
They said that two fake news articles were published to defame the police and the persons involved in the publication of false information would face punishment.
However, the pro-democracy protesters in defiance of the state of emergency plan to gather on Sunday at three major sites in Bangkok: Terminal 21 Asoke, Ha Yaek Lat Phrao station and Tha Phra MRT station.
On Saturday, the massive demonstrations almost brought Bangkok traffic to a standstill in the evening, as they held coordinated protests at several locations, such as Lat Phrao, Bangna, Kaerai and Wong Wien Yai, while the suspension of mass transit service ordered by police also worsened traffic.
Protest locations nationwide:
Bangkok- 4pm Victory Monument main gathering
4pm Asoke minor gathering
Gatherings around the country
2pm Suphanburi - Old city wall of Suphan Buri
3pm Nonthaburi - Sam Yaek Bang Yai intersection
3pm Saraburi - Bypass-Saraburi Stop public park
3pm Khon Kaen - Sithan Lake
4pm Nakhon Ratchasima - Rajamangala University of Technology Isan
4pm Pathumthani - Future Park Rangsit
4pm Samut Prakan - Imperial Samrong
5pm Samut Sakhon - Phutthamonthon Sai 4 intersection
5pm Yasothon - City Hall
5pm Udon Thani - Udon Thani Rajabhat University
5pm Si Sa Ket - City Hall
5pm Salasin - Old City Hall
5pm Chonburi - Bowin intersection
5pm Rayong - Ban Chang park
5pm Phuket - 72nd Anniversary Queen Sirikit Park
6pm Singburi - City Pillar Shrine
Prachinburi - Old City Hall no time provided
Chachoengsao - City Hall no time provided
Chanthaburi - Lan Chan courtyard no time provided
The huge crowd of protesters at Victory Monument, one of the biggest gatherings in Bangkok, began to disperse at around 8.20pm to avoid confrontation with the authority, as water cannons were reportedly being brought to the assembly locations.
The traffic around the monument was able to move again around 9pm.
Meanwhile, the protest at Bangna reportedly saw some tensions after some people allegedly threw objects at a police booth. The alleged offender was detained at the scene but there was no confirmation on whether the unruly elements were protesters or instigators.