Gunshots in Bangkok as protests escalate

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BKK protests1After nighttime clashes that left at least two dead – other sources say four – and 45 injured, gunshots were fired in Bangkok on December 1 in the morning between rival groups outside a Bangkok sports stadium and nearby Ramkhamhaeng University. It wasn’t clear who fired the shots, but officials said riot police on the scene were armed with shields and batons rather than firearms and that the shooting has occurred between protesters.

Observers fear a further escalation of the situation as anti-government protesters marched towards a heavily guarded Government House in downtown Bangkok on Sunday as well as towards the national police headquarters. Besides thousands of riot police, the army has said it will deploy 2,730 personnel to help with security on the streets but insisted to remain “neutral”.

Late on November 30, Bangkok experienced widespread disruptions of the Internet after demonstrators cut the power to two important telecommunication centers. Between 10 and 20 per cent of websites in Thailand were hit by the outage, businesses said. On Sunday morning, some protesters were also marching towards main TV and radio stations in the city.

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After nighttime clashes that left at least two dead – other sources say four – and 45 injured, gunshots were fired in Bangkok on December 1 in the morning between rival groups outside a Bangkok sports stadium and nearby Ramkhamhaeng University. It wasn’t clear who fired the shots, but officials said riot police on the scene were armed with shields and batons rather than firearms and that the shooting has occurred between protesters.

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BKK protests1After nighttime clashes that left at least two dead – other sources say four – and 45 injured, gunshots were fired in Bangkok on December 1 in the morning between rival groups outside a Bangkok sports stadium and nearby Ramkhamhaeng University. It wasn’t clear who fired the shots, but officials said riot police on the scene were armed with shields and batons rather than firearms and that the shooting has occurred between protesters.

Observers fear a further escalation of the situation as anti-government protesters marched towards a heavily guarded Government House in downtown Bangkok on Sunday as well as towards the national police headquarters. Besides thousands of riot police, the army has said it will deploy 2,730 personnel to help with security on the streets but insisted to remain “neutral”.

Late on November 30, Bangkok experienced widespread disruptions of the Internet after demonstrators cut the power to two important telecommunication centers. Between 10 and 20 per cent of websites in Thailand were hit by the outage, businesses said. On Sunday morning, some protesters were also marching towards main TV and radio stations in the city.

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