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Thai soldiers open fire on crowd
Posted on: 13-04-2009 , 04:: | DY365 Bureau

correspondent witnessed the lunchtime attack which came after a night of tension as troops cleared demonstrators blocking a road junction.

At least 70 people were injured in the earlier violence close to the landmark Victory Monument.

Tear gas and bullets were fired as stones and petrol bombs were thrown.

Then the troops suddenly charged, opening fire with live rounds in the direction of the protesters.

Monday is the start of a three-day holiday for the Thai New Year and many people have already left the capital for the provinces.

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva earlier declared a state of emergency after the protesters, who mostly back ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra, stopped a major Asian summit in Pattaya.

A leader of the pro-Thaksin party, the United Front for Democracy, accused the army of using excessive force against the protesters




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