Newsflash – Violence In Bangkok

BANGKOK NEWSFLASH 14/05/2010 – Followingthe violence last night, tens of thousands of Thai soldiers armed with live ammunition, riot control equipment, water cannon trucks and armoured personnel carriers, are deployed ontothe streets of Bangkok. The American and British Embassies have closed today, due to the ongoing violence. Some offices and shops in the Silom district have also closed and sent their staff home. Meanwhile, the situation in Bangkok remains very tense…

MY EYEWITNESSREPORTFROM THE SOINANA INTERSECTION

BANGKOK BOMB – On Thursday nighta rogue Thai Army General known as ‘Seh Daeng’ was shot in the head in Silom and is reported to be in a coma. Violence broke out in several areas of Bangkokduringlast night. I was an eyewitness outside the entrance to Soi Nana, where I sawclashes between Thai troops and the red shirt mob.

Heavily armed Thai troops blocked Sukhumvit Road outside the JW Marriott Hotel to prevent red shirts marching towards the red shirt rally siteat Central World. I was standing outside the JW Marriott Hotel, next to the soldiers… BOOM! Suddenly, a bomb went offnear Nana Square, which was directly opposite us. Fortunately, nobody was hurt, because it landed in open space. Meanwhile, the red shirt mobwerehurlingbottles, rocks and insultsat the Thai soldiers. I saw several ambulances race past the Nana intersection heading towards Asoke. I have never seen anything like this in over 22 years in Thailand. The Thai troops showed restraint and did not fire any rounds, but they did advance and chased the red shirts away. Inside Nana Petrol Station, I witnessed severalmembers of the red shirt mobbeing arrested by soldiers. Ihad an interesting conversation witha CNN cameraman, who was filming the violence around the Soi Nana area. Earlier in the evening, it isreported that 20 red shirt protesters had been injured by rubber bullets in Lumpini Park. Some time passed, it went quiet, Iflagged down a taxi and finally went home. How was your evening?

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THAI TROOPS WITH LIVE AMMUNITION ON THE STREETS OF BANGKOK

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