Thai PM rejects calls to resign, braces for renewed protest

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s prime minister has rejected calls for his resignation as his government steps up efforts to stop student-led protesters from rallying in the capital for a second day in defiance of a strict state of emergency. Police on Friday closed roads and put up barricades around a major Bangkok intersection where the protesters have vowed to gather again to push their cored demands, including that Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha leave office, the constitution be amended and the nation’s monarchy undergo reform. Prayuth’s government declared a strict new state of emergency for the capital on Thursday, a day after protesters gathered in a different part of the city heckled a royal motorcade.

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