Thai Police, Protesters Clash in Deadly Bangkok Battle
Posted on May 14, 2010
Violence escalated Friday between Thai police and the throng of thousands of protesters still entrenched in Bangkok, touched off in part by the shooting of rogue general Khattiya Sawasdipol, aka Commander Red, on Thursday. The BBC reported Friday that at least eight people were killed and over 100 were reportedly wounded in the fighting since Thursday night.
Thai officials were also attempting, by week’s end, to weaken the protesters’ resolve by cutting off electricity, water and some mobile phone and public transportation services in the protesters’ main camp area. —KA
Thai forces in Bangkok have fired live rounds after surrounding a fortified protesters’ camp amid clashes that left at least eight people dead.
Embassies were closed as protesters set fire to a police bus and shot fireworks at troops, who also responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.
A BBC correspondent says the area is like a war zone with troops firing into a park as a helicopter circled above.
The demonstrators want the prime minister to resign and call elections.