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"This is a very tense and intense standoff," CNN's Arwa Damon reported. "There is row upon row of riot police."
Live ammunition and rubber bullets were being used by security forces, according to Damon.
The Erawan rescue agency said eight protesters were injured in the clashes. One soldier was killed by friendly fire, police said.
Riot police and government troops had massed along a major highway to stop the progress of an anti-government convoy headed toward a location where demonstrators...