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Anti-Government Demonstrators, Soldiers Clash in Thai Protests

Thai troops fired bullets at anti-government protesters and explosions thundered in the heart of Bangkok as an army push to clear the streets and end a two-month political standoff sparked clashes that have killed three and wounded 69.

Army Deployment

May 19: Thai soldiers aboard armored personnel carriers take aim at anti-government protestors in Lumpini Park in downtown Bangkok, Thailand. Downtown Bangkok turned into a flaming battleground Wednesday as an army assault toppled the anti-government group's leadership, enraging followers who fired grenades and set numerous fires that cloaked the skyline in black smoke.

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Bangkok Burning

May 19: Smoke rises from burning fires in downtown Bangkok, Thailand, following the surrender of anti-government leaders to the police. The Thai government is attempting to end the two month long standoff with Red Shirt protestors with a massive military crackdown.

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Up in Flames

May 19: Anti-government protesters ride on a motorcycle under an overpass after burning tires Wednesday in Bangkok, Thailand. Downtown Bangkok turned into a flaming battleground Wednesday as an army assault toppled the anti-government group's leadership, enraging followers who fired grenades and set numerous fires that cloaked the skyline in black smoke.

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A City Burns

May 19: A Thai firefighter works to a control a fire from smoldering trash at a barricade set up by anti-government protesters in downtown Bangkok, Thailand. Downtown Bangkok turned into a flaming battleground Wednesday as an army assault toppled the anti-government group's leadership, enraging followers who fired grenades and set numerous fires that cloaked the skyline in black smoke.

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Moving Into Position

May 19: Thai soldiers take position as they suspect anti-protesters firing from inside a park in Bangkok, Thailand. Downtown Bangkok turned into a flaming battleground Wednesday as an army assault toppled the anti-government group's leadership, enraging followers who fired grenades and set numerous fires that cloaked the skyline in black smoke.

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Protests Continue in Thailand

Smoke rises from burning fires in downtown Bangkok, Thailand, following the surrender of anti-government leaders to the police on Wednesday, May 19. The Thai government is attempting to end the two month long standoff with Red Shirt protestors with a massive military crackdown.

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Protests Continue in Thailand

Freelance photographer Fabio Polenghi, 48, of Italy lies on a stretcher at Police Headquarter Hospital Wednesday, May 19, in Bangkok, after being shot during a government crackdown on anti-government protestors. Polenghi was later pronounced dead by Thai doctors. At least three other journalist were injured in the day long push against anti-government protestors.  

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Protests Continue in Thailand

A Thai army soldier stands guard over handcuffed detainees during an operation to evict anti-government "red shirt" protesters from their encampment in Bangkok. 

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Protests Continue in Thailand

Smoke rises from the high-end Central World shopping mall in Bangkok. 

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Protests Continue in Thailand

With security deteriorating and hopes of a peaceful resolution to the standoff increasingly unlikely, what was once one of Southeast Asia's most stable democracies and magnets of foreign investment has been thrust deep into political uncertainty. (AP)

Protests Continue in Thailand

Fighting has now killed 32 people and injured hundreds since the Red Shirts, mostly rural poor, began camping in the capital on March 12, in a bid to force out Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. (AP)

Protests Continue in Thailand

The most recent violence was initially centered on a small area home to several foreign embassies, including those of the U.S. and Japan which were forced to close, but by the afternoon had spread around the 1-square-mile  protest zone. (AP)

Protests Continue in Thailand

Violence escalated after a rogue army general regarded as a military adviser to the Red Shirt protesters was shot in the head on Thursday evening, possibly by a sniper. A doctor said Maj. Gen. Khattiya Sawasdiphol was still in a coma Friday and he could "die at any moment." (AP)

Protests Continue in Thailand

A Red Shirt government protester stands at a street divider and shows the military what he thinks of them with two choice hand gestures.

Protests Continue in Thailand

The most recent unrest began when protesters captured and vandalized two military water cannon trucks at a key intersection in the business district, just outside the Red Shirt encampment. They ripped the cannon from its moorings and used its plastic barrel to shoot firecrackers from behind a sandbag bunker they had commandeered from soldiers. (AP)

Protests Continue in Thailand

"I've never seen anything like this," said Kornvika Klinpraneat, 28, a worker at a mini-mart near the protest area. "This is like a civil war. The battle is being fought in the middle of a city with innocent people being injured and killed." (AP)

Protests Continue in Thailand

Among those wounded in Friday's violence were two Thai journalists and a Canadian reporter, who was in a serious condition. (AP)

Protests Continue in Thailand

The two-day clashes marked the worst continuous episode of violence since April 10, when 25 people were killed and more than 800 injured in clashes between Red Shirts and troops in Bangkok's historic area. Four more people were killed in subsequent clashes. (AP)

Protests Continue in Thailand

Due to the violence and barricades, major roads around the protest site were closed to traffic, and the city's subway and elevated train shut early. Many shops in the capital also were shuttered. (AP)

Protests Continue in Thailand

Recently, the army has moved to seal off the Red Shirt encampment in an upscale commercial district of the capital. (AP)

Thai Protests Intensify

Thai security forces fired into a crowd of anti-government protesters during a clash just outside Bangkok on Wednesday as they tried to keep the Red Shirts from expanding their demonstrations from a base in the capital (Reuters).

Thai Protests Intensify

April 28: The Red Shirts, whose protests have paralyzed parts of Bangkokl for weeks in their campaign to bring down a government they view as illegitimate, announced that they were widening their demonstrations. they dared the military to stop them as hundreds headed on motorbikes and pickup trucks to a planned rally in the suburbs (AP).

Thai Protests Intensify

At least 26 people have been killed and nearly 1,000 wounded since protesters began occupying parts of Bangkok in mid-March, barricading major roads with tires and bamboo sticks and forcing the closure of some of the city's malls and hotels (Reuters).

Thai Protests Intensify

April 28: Anti-government Red Shirt protesters carry flags and portraits of Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, right, and Queen Sirikit, left, as they make their way in a convoy towards the northern suburbs of Bangkok (Reuters).

Thai Protests Intensify

April 28: Thai riot squads fired into the air to push back anti-government protesters, but several tried to remove the razor wire put up to stop them, prompting troops to level their rifles and shoot directly at protesters who fled into oncoming traffic (AP).

Thai Protests Intensify

April 28: Red Shirt protesters have set up barricades on roads leading to Bangkok in recent days to prevent police reinforcements from cracking down on them (Reuters).

Thai Protests Intensify

April 28: Red Shirt barricades, made with tires and bamboo sticks, have created an upheaval that has forced the closure of some of Bangkok's malls and hotels. The unrest has devastated the tourist industry, and several countries have warned their citizens against traveling there (Reuters).

Thai Protests Intensify

April 28: A Red Shirt protester sits by herself while holding a sharpened bamboo pole inside a barricade in the Silom business district in Bangkok (Reuters).

Thai Protests Intensify

Army spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said Thai troops were told to use rubber bullets against protesters but also had authority to use live ammunition for self-defense (AP).

Thai Protests Intensify

April 28: Thai soldiers inspect a taxi at a check point in the Silom business district in Bangkok (Reuters).

Thai Protests

Anti-government protesters take cover as another runs out during a standoff with Thai soldiers at an intersection on Saturday May 15, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Thailand Anti-government Protesters Encampments

Anti-government protesters are seen sleeping in their encampment as clashes are on-going on the outskirts on Saturday May 15, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Thai troops clashed with protesters for a third day in Bangkok on Saturday as streets in the center of the Asian metropolis became battlegrounds and authorities struggled to contain demonstrators demanding the prime minister's resignation.
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Thailand: Anti-government Protesters

An anti-government protester carries a blood covered helmet of a fireman who was shot in the head on Saturday May 15, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Thai troops clashed with protesters for a third day in Bangkok on Saturday as streets in the center of the Asian metropolis became battlegrounds and authorities struggled to contain demonstrators demanding the prime minister's resignation.
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New Clashes in Central Bangkok

Anti-government protesters run for cover as Thai soldiers fire shots at them at an intersection on Saturday May 15, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Anti-Government Demonstrators, Soldiers Clash in Thai Protests

Thai troops fired bullets at anti-government protesters and explosions thundered in the heart of Bangkok as an army push to clear the streets and end a two-month political standoff sparked clashes that have killed three and wounded 69.

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