Troops battle red shirts, 1 killed

Soldier dies in chaotic highway clash; Thai impasse continues

Troops battle red shirts, 1 killed


The troops had formed a roadblock to stop about 2,000 “red shirt” protesters who left their main protest site in central Bangkok’s shopping district on pickup trucks and motorbikes in defiance of a state of emergency. About 100 protesters had moved ahead of the main convoy, charging at security forces, who at first used batons and shields to push them back, witnesses said. Some red shirts hurled stones, shot metal balls from sling-shots and launched fireworks at the soldiers.

Troops fired back with rubber bullets followed by live rounds, at first in the air and then narrowly over protesters’ heads, as onlookers dashed for cover in the traffic-choked area.
The state-run medical centre said at least 18 people were wounded and one soldier was killed. Witnesses said he was shot through his helmet.
The fighting did nothing to end an impasse between protesters seeking elections and the military-backed government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva — a crisis that has killed 27 people, wounded more than 900, paralysed Bangkok.

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