gunfire was heard in several parts of the Thai capital Monday, as security
forces begin to crackdown on anti-government protesters.
forces fire in the air to push anti-government protesters back from a blockade
Monday. The mid-day clash in Bangkok was just one in a series between security
forces and protesters.
The red-clad protesters, who support former Prime
Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, demand that the current government resign and call
new elections. Mr. Thaksin was ousted in a coup in 2006 and now lives in
Before dawn Monday, troops fired guns over the heads of protesters
in one location in an attempt to clear an intersection. About 70 people were
injured in that clash.
Throughout the day, protesters commandeered buses
and cars to block intersections and set them on fire. They have lobbed stones
and fire bombs at security forces.
The government has appealed for calm
and asked the protesters to return to their homes.