Monday, September 1, 2008

Troops sent in as Thai protests turn deadly

Thai troops have moved to break up clashes between pro and anti-Government demonstrators which have left at least one man dead in Bangkok.

Four hundred soldiers have reportedly been sent in to keep the peace after pro-Government demonstrators marched on Government House in Bangkok, where thousands of anti-Government protesters have been holed up since last week.

Protesters armed with sticks, clubs and pipes were reportedly able to break through a police cordon.

Gunshots have been reported but cannot be confirmed.

Thailand's health ministry said one person had died and more than 30 had been injured in the clashes.

In the past week, the anti-Government movement has stepped up its push to force Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej out of office.

They say he has acted in the interests of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who fled Thailand last month in the middle of a corruption trial.

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