A demonstrator throws paint over a plaque with lettering on it in front of the police headquarters during a rally in Bangkok

Thousands of protesters in Thailand converged on the police headquarters in Bangkok on Wednesday night, defacing the building a day after violent protests left dozens injured.

Angered by the government’s decision to reject a constitutional reform proposal – a key demand of protesters – and alleged police violence, demonstrators hurled buckets of colourful paint and sprayed graffiti on the Royal Thai Police headquarters’ building facade.

A demonstrator throws paint over a plaque with lettering on it in front of the police headquarters during a rally in Bangkok
A demonstrator throws paint over a plaque with lettering on it in front of the police headquarters during a rally in Bangkok

Police barricaded themselves inside the station and did not intervene.

Thailand has been rocked by student-led protests for months, with protesters demanding constitutional reforms, the removal of the country’s Prime Minister and changes to the monarchy.

A person stands in front of the paint-covered plaque with lettering on it during a rally in Bangkok
A person stands in front of the paint-covered plaque with lettering on it during a rally in Bangkok

On Tuesday, Thailand experienced its most violent protests in months as protesters clashed with police officials.

At least 40 people were injured as protesters hurled smoke bombs and bags of paint at police, who retaliated with water cannon and tear-gas solution.

Protesters had been attempting to reach the country’s parliament where lawmakers were debating possible changes to the constitution, including a controversial proposal by civil group the Internet Dialogue on Law Reform (iLaw) which many protesters supported.

Their proposal called for a more transparent and democratic government, and reforms that would ensure only an elected MP could become prime minister. Thailand currently has a system where its parliament can nominate a non-elected person as PM.

On Wednesday evening, that proposal was rejected, prompting renewed protests.

“We came here solely because of our anger,” one of the protest leaders, Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, told news agency Reuters.

A monk wearing a gas masks flashes the three singer salute walk among pro-democracy protesters
A monk wearing a gas masks flashes the three singer salute walk among pro-democracy protesters

Protesters threw glass bottles over the walls of the police headquarters, which was barricaded with concrete blocks and razor wire.

Others sprayed anti-royal slogans on walls, and defaced a pedestal which bore a picture of Thailand’s Queen Mother Sirikit, though her portrait was left untouched.

A person spray-paints a pedestal, above which stands a depiction of Queen Mother Sirikit
A person spray-paints a pedestal, above which stands a depiction of Queen Mother Sirikit

Giant inflatable rubber ducks also made an appearance – they first popped up on Tuesday and were used as shields against water cannon.

Pro-democracy demonstrators move inflatable rubber ducks during a rally in Bangkok
Pro-democracy demonstrators move inflatable rubber ducks during a rally in Bangkok
Anti-government protest calling for political and monarchy reform
Anti-government protest calling for political and monarchy reform

By Thursday morning, the police headquarters had been painted white, leaving few traces of the previous night’s demonstration.

But the protesters have already vowed to return, with another rally scheduled for next week.

A woman reacts while walking past the damaged signage of the police headquarters
A woman reacts while walking past the damaged signage of the police headquarters

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