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The redshirt leader Jatuporn Prompan has been shown on Thai television surrendering to the police, according to a Reuters live blog of the crackdown. Another leader has been shown under arrest.
Bangkok has descended into chaos, writes Ben Doherty.
"Troops are moving into the redshirts central city protest camp firing indiscriminately, as they seek to take back control of the capital's streets.
Ben, who is in Bangkok, says the violence is set to contintue.
"Smoke continues to billow from a pile of tyres set alight at the Chitlom railway station near the middle of the reds protest site.
Since red-shirt leaders have conceded their protest is lost, the gunfire has decreased in recent minutes, but there are still volleys being fired at the camp, and by reds protesters at advancing troops. It will take several hours before troops can be confident they have central Bangkok under control. Undoubtedly, there will be pockets of resistance from within the red-shirts. Many in the paramilitary wing of the redshirts remain armed and have vowed to fight to the death.
But even if this protest site can be brought under control, and peace restored to Bangkok, serious questions remain about Thailand's political future. This is a deeply divided country, and while this protest might be soon to end, the sentiment for democratic reform in Thailand, and for the removal of this government, will not go away. Prime minister Abhisit, and his country, face difficult weeks and years ahead.
The antigovernment movement has massive support across the country. Across regional Thailand, redshirt supporters and sympathisers staged their own rallies. The Khon Kaen town hall was captured by protesters, in Ubon Thani they torched it."
Geoff Peace, a Bangkok resident, emails this:
The real story in Bangkok now is outside Rachaprasong. Just before lunchtime fires and rioting started all around the edge of the main part of the city. Although most of the redshirt leaders have surrendered the rest seem to have splintered all over the city and are bent on destroying the place.
Just to be clear, the Army did what they needed to do very effectively today but it now looks like there will be random violence over the city and maybe in the regions too. That makes it more frightening than before.
9.24am: Ben has confirmed that report about the TV station being under siege.
Fleeing red-shirts are torching Bangkok as they leave. Thai TV station Channel 3 is under attack from angry reds, and the Thai Stock Exchange building, a few kilometres from the protest site, has been set ablaze.
Despite pleas from red-shirt leaders for protesters to leave peacefully, many reds are angry and are looking to take out their frustration on anything they see as being representative of the ruling elite they have been protesting against."
9.46am: Images are circulating of the fire at the Thai Stock Exchange. "Flames twice as bad since I've uploaded this," says the caption to this photo.
9.43am: The dead Italian journalist has been named as Fabio Polenghi. He was a 48-year-old freelance photojournalist, according to Newsolio.
10.55am: A Bangkok fire service official just told the BBC that up to 100 staff are trapped in the Channel 3 building. There also unconfirmed reports that the fire at station's offices has been put out. Live blog: Twitter
10.44am: Thaksin Shinawatra's lawyer Robert Amsterdam tweets: The decision of #redshirt leaders to sacrifice themselves to prevent violence stands in stark contrast to a govt willing to murder its own.