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    » 04/10/2010, 00.00

    THAILAND

    Clashes between army and "redshirts" in Bangkok. Opposition TV closed



    Anti-government demonstrators attack a military base. Soldiers responded with water cannons and rubber bullets. More than 90 people injured. Thai authorities shut down "Peoples Channel" TV for a second time, the satellite channel accused of fomenting violence. Yesterday leaders of the protest had restored broadcasts.

    Bangkok (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The "Red Shirts" stormed an army base in Bangkok, waging a serious battle with the military. During the night the Thai authorities again shut down broadcasts of the "Peoples Channel" TV, the satellite station linked to antigovernment protesters and accused of fomenting violence and spreading false information.

    The political crisis in Thailand is rapidly deteriorating, between the Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and protesters close to former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra in exile and supported by the opposition party United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD). The "red shirts" are calling for the dissolution of parliament and early elections.   Towards one o'clock in the afternoon (local time), about 200 "red shirts" engaged in a serious battle with the military, in Bangkok, opposite the headquarters of the 1st Army Region. Protesters brandished sticks and bottles, the soldiers responded with water cannons and rubber bullets. According to early reports at least 90 people have been injured.

    Premier Abhisit confirms the Government's intention to "mobilize all forces and necessary legal measures" to end the protests. Last night the Chief Executive again ordered the closure of the "People's Channel" channel close to the opponents and accused of fomenting violence.   Yesterday the "red shirts" had surrounded the headquarters of the company Thaicom, penetrated the building and had forced the resumption of broadcasting. Some of the soldiers charged with defending the area were shown to sympathize with the protesters exchanging smiles and handshakes.

    The images, captured by television cameras, have angered Abhisit, who fears the loss of support of the army. "The public - said the prime minister - is upset, hurt and discouraged by the scenes we have seen." Hours later police raided the building regaining control of Thaicom and, for the second time, shut down the broadcast signal of the opposition TV.

     

     

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    30/04/2010 THAILAND
    Bangkok "red shirts" raid on a hospital, patients evacuated
    About 200 protesters broke into the facility in search of Thai soldiers. Thousand patients transferred to other facilities. Opposition leaders condemn the act and apologize. AsiaNews sources: a "worrying" situation. The army supports the government, but wants to avoid bloodshed.

    29/08/2008 THAILAND
    The truce crumbles clashes between police and demonstrators in Thailand
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    22/04/2010 THAILAND
    Bangkok: The army launches an ultimatum, the "red shirts" appeal to the UN
    The military warns the crowd to disperse or risk "decisive measures" and “ chaos." The anti-government protesters have erected barricades to defend the occupied area in the commercial heart of the capital. They also want a UN peacekeeping force. The country is poised between a political agreement and civil war.

    14/04/2009 THAILAND
    Government protests called off in Thailand
    Demonstrators were surrounded by army. Over past few days, 2 protesters have died and over 100 been injured in clashes with security forces. Support for Thaksin begins to waver. Doubts shroud his democratic ideals.

    15/04/2010 THAILAND
    Bangkok: "red shirts" prepare "the final act" of protests
    The anti-government demonstrators gather in the commercial heart of the capital. They deny links with terrorist groups that unleashed violence on April 10. The government denies the possibility of using force to root out the protests.



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