Thai protests start turning more violent

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Thai police fightingPolice in Bangkok on December 26 again used tear gas and rubber bullets against anti-government protesters who tried to break into the Thai-Japanese sports stadium, where the drawing of candidacy numbers for the February 2 election will take place. Many protesters were injured, reports say, as they were not prepared for the counter-attacks by police.

There was no use of such anti-riot measures since the beginning of December when protesters tried to storm Government House in the Thai capital. However, police leaders said that they could “no longer tolerate their illegal actions as the country has laws that should be respected by all”.

Around 1,000 protesters, mostly students, tried to break into the stadium, cutting the chain that locked the entrance gate. Police closed all gates of the venue and parked police vehicles in front of the gates to prevent protesters from pushing through the gates. Protesters then tried to storm the premises of the nearby Labour Ministry to battle police.

In another incident, more than 20 bullets were fired at the house of anti-government protest co-leader Sathit Wongnongtoey in the southern town of Trang in the night to December 25, but no one was injured. The bullets were apparently fired from an M16 light machine gun.

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Police in Bangkok on December 26 again used tear gas and rubber bullets against anti-government protesters who tried to break into the Thai-Japanese sports stadium, where the drawing of candidacy numbers for the February 2 election will take place. Many protesters were injured, reports say, as they were not prepared for the counter-attacks by police.

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Thai police fightingPolice in Bangkok on December 26 again used tear gas and rubber bullets against anti-government protesters who tried to break into the Thai-Japanese sports stadium, where the drawing of candidacy numbers for the February 2 election will take place. Many protesters were injured, reports say, as they were not prepared for the counter-attacks by police.

There was no use of such anti-riot measures since the beginning of December when protesters tried to storm Government House in the Thai capital. However, police leaders said that they could “no longer tolerate their illegal actions as the country has laws that should be respected by all”.

Around 1,000 protesters, mostly students, tried to break into the stadium, cutting the chain that locked the entrance gate. Police closed all gates of the venue and parked police vehicles in front of the gates to prevent protesters from pushing through the gates. Protesters then tried to storm the premises of the nearby Labour Ministry to battle police.

In another incident, more than 20 bullets were fired at the house of anti-government protest co-leader Sathit Wongnongtoey in the southern town of Trang in the night to December 25, but no one was injured. The bullets were apparently fired from an M16 light machine gun.

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