Gunshots, bombs, clashes in Bangkok (video)

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Bangkok monk unrestPro- and anti-government protesters clashed on February 1 – one day before Thailand’s snap elections on Sunday – at around 4pm in Bangkok’s Laksi district, exchanging gunshots, demolishing cars and throwing selfmade bombs. Initial reports said six people, including a local journalist, were injured and taken to hospital. An American photojournalist has been shot in the leg, reports said.

Some 150 soldiers from the 11th Infantry Regiment were deployed to support police unit in handling the clashes.

The fighting erupted after rival groups of demonstrators had taken up positions just 500 meters apart and some appeared to be spoiling for a fight. Women and children were allowed to take shelter inside the blockaded Laksi district office.

A reporter tweeted from inside a police booth near the site that somebody shot into the police booth where she and other reporters were hiding. Strangely, as can be heard at the end of the video below, police was listening to country music during the clashes.

Laksi intersection lies at the main road that leads from inner Bangkok to Don Mueang airport. Traffic came to a halt and train services were suspended.

Meanwhile, enraged farmers have blocked a main road that connects metropolitan Bangkok to the South in Ratchaburi province, demanding that the government pay the amount owed for rice pledged under the rice pledging programme, causing huge traffic disturbances.

Video courtesy The Nation

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Pro- and anti-government protesters clashed on February 1 – one day before Thailand’s snap elections on Sunday – at around 4pm in Bangkok’s Laksi district, exchanging gunshots, demolishing cars and throwing selfmade bombs. Initial reports said six people, including a local journalist, were injured and taken to hospital. An American photojournalist has been shot in the leg, reports said.

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Bangkok monk unrestPro- and anti-government protesters clashed on February 1 – one day before Thailand’s snap elections on Sunday – at around 4pm in Bangkok’s Laksi district, exchanging gunshots, demolishing cars and throwing selfmade bombs. Initial reports said six people, including a local journalist, were injured and taken to hospital. An American photojournalist has been shot in the leg, reports said.

Some 150 soldiers from the 11th Infantry Regiment were deployed to support police unit in handling the clashes.

The fighting erupted after rival groups of demonstrators had taken up positions just 500 meters apart and some appeared to be spoiling for a fight. Women and children were allowed to take shelter inside the blockaded Laksi district office.

A reporter tweeted from inside a police booth near the site that somebody shot into the police booth where she and other reporters were hiding. Strangely, as can be heard at the end of the video below, police was listening to country music during the clashes.

Laksi intersection lies at the main road that leads from inner Bangkok to Don Mueang airport. Traffic came to a halt and train services were suspended.

Meanwhile, enraged farmers have blocked a main road that connects metropolitan Bangkok to the South in Ratchaburi province, demanding that the government pay the amount owed for rice pledged under the rice pledging programme, causing huge traffic disturbances.

Video courtesy The Nation

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