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BANGKOK, April 13 (Reuters) - Thai troops fired into the air in central Bangkok on Monday after anti-government protesters set alight a bus at a main junction, and the demonstrators pulled back, a Reuters reporter said.
He saw demonstrators set the bus afire. When troops tried to put it out with a water cannon, the protesters threw a volley of five or six firebombs at them, and the soldiers advanced in response to that.
Originally posted by muddyhoop
Just had it confirmed by a girl who lives in Nakhon Pathom, apparently the red shirt organizers were there recently canvassing for people to take part in the protests and they were offering 500 Baht to anyone coming to Bangkok, 1000 Baht if they were to stay overnight.
A group of red-shirt protesters clashed with more than 100 residents at Mahanak Market on Monday night. Two residents were shot dead and at least 10 people were injured.
Reports said more than 100 locals at Bangkok's Mahanak Market were trying to drive out the anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) protesters from the area before the clash erupted.
Gunshots were heard periodically.
The locals asked for assistance from about 30 police and military officers stationed nearby the area, but they did not respond to the request.
The two men, who were allegedly gunned down by the red-shirts, are identified as Pom Polphanbua, aged 54, and Yuthakarn, 19.
One of the wounded were shot in the ankle.
The one thing I know that happened, the day I was leaving at the end of May last year, was the PM had said something about the King and the people of Thailand were VERY upset over it.... they LOVE their King.
BANGKOK, April 13 (Reuters) - A building was on fire near the heart of anti-government protests in Bangkok and one Thai television station said it had been ignited by a petrol bomb. A Reuters photographer said two floors on one side of the three-storey Vocational Education Commission were on fire and the blaze appeared to be spreading.
BANGKOK, April 13 (Reuters) - Troops fired at crowds of anti-government protesters who fought back with petrol bombs and rocks in Bangkok on Monday, in violence that killed two people, injured dozens and pushed Thailand deeper into political crisis.
BANGKOK, April 14 (Reuters) - Thai troops encircled thousands of protesters encamped near the prime minister's office in Bangkok early on Tuesday after a day of street clashes in which two people were killed and dozens injured.
Its members are red-shirted during protests, and so they are informally referred to as the "red shirts" (Thai: เสื้อแดง) in both the Thai and international press. At present, the UDD's members are active as anti-government protesters. Notable UDD's supporters include academics and social activists, such as Ji Ungpakorn, Somsak Jiamtheerasakul, Charan Ditthapichai and Dr.Weng Tohjiirakarn. Demonstrators from the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship say Abhisit's four-month-old government took power illegitimately and want new elections. They also accuse the country's elite — the military, judiciary and other unelected officials — of undermining democracy by interfering in politics.
After a day of rioting in which smoke rose from burning barricades around the city the "red shirt" movement ended with a whimper.
Protest leaders took to the stage around noon to ask their followers to leave. "We have to stop because we need to look after the lives of our supporters," said Jatuporn Prompan.
Five of the leaders then surrendered to the police to face charges of violating a state of emergency, which prohibits gatherings of more than five people. Other vowed to continue their opposition to the government but did not say by what means.
The peaceful end to the protests is a great relief for the government of the prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva, after the fiasco of the last few days.
In a day of violence on Monday only two people were reported killed, both victims of a clash between opposing groups of civilians.
Meanwhile over 120 people were wounded in Bangkok, most in clashes between protesters and the army.
Originally posted by muddyhoop
I am living in Phuket an Island in South Thailand.
No problems here only in Bangkok. However this has nothing to do with NWO or financial crisis etc etc.
This is only about local politics. One side 'Yellows' have the Government they want in power. The other side "Reds" want their Government ... Exiled former PM Thaksin back in power.
It is a vicious circle.
Sadly Thailand has very poor education and these people know very little nor care about the outside world. They can't even see that this will have a terrible effect on future tourism.... they live for today only, forward thinking is not widely acknowledged as a Thai trait.
BANGKOK, April 15 (Reuters) - The Thai government geared for steps to shore up the economy on Wednesday, a day after it brought a halt to violent protests that have further dented confidence in a country already on the brink of recession.
The streets of Bangkok were calm, with troop presence much reduced after die-hard demonstrators were dispersed overnight.
Thaksin was caught telling blatant lies on CNN and BBC, feeding false information to the global audience that his red-clad supporters were fighting for democracy - when in fact they were burning Bangkok to pave the way for his return.