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    The Battle for Bangkok Begins?

    Might be kicking off.

    THE NATION: gunshot-like sounds have been heard at Saladaeng, our reporter in the area said.

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    Gunshots heard at Saladaeng

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    Many ambulances reported headed for Rajprasong area

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    Explosions

    Several large loud explosions heard Rama IV. Anyone any more info??

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    ohohcita RT [at]nkoleszar: gunfire at sala daeng. crowd runs up Rama 4. more gunfire near top Suriwonge #redshirts
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    namo2 Explosions, gunfire heard fr soi Polo #redshirts
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    [at]tulsathit Gunfire and explosions reported around Silom Complex

    Urgent: Seh Daeng has reportedly been hit.

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    Army to deploy 52 armoured vehicles to seal off Rajprasong

    Army to deploy 52 armoured vehicles to seal off Rajprasong

    The Army has prepared to deploy 52 armoured vehicles in the operation to seal off Rajprasong rally zone.

    The vehicles have been modified to be protected with sand bags to prevent RPG and M79 grenade attacks.

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    More tweets on this...coming in thick and fast......Could someone please disable the minute posting delay...jesus!

    ruskie818 RT [at]ohohcita: TT [at]jerasak: So rumor has it among #redshirts that Seh Dang has been "captured" or "shot" but this can't be verified yet > wish it were true
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    ohohcita RT [at]jerasak: TT [at]Nattha_tvthai: Live [at] Saladang: sound of explosion heard 4 times. Some protstrs try 2 escape & run to Chula hosp #redshirts
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    NG_Bangkok Bangkok TV news reports Sah Daeng admitted to Chula w/gunshot wounds #redshirts
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    CNN reporting that a Red Shirt leader might have been shot and killed by a sniper bullet.

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    the TNN reporter said she heard Seh Daeng was hit in the chest.

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    veena T. (veen_NT) on Twitter

    RT [at]WizardofWindsor: FYI guys pls clear out of public areas in centre if U cn, thr's lots of paramilitary activity happening
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    More than 100 gun fired was heard near U-Chuliang Bld on Rama IV. - via Nattha_tvthai.
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    Urgent!!!! TNN has a report just now: Seh Daeng has been shot and sent to a hospital.
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    [at]noppajak reported- four or five explosions heard, followed by 10-15 gun fire.
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    TR[at] Nattaha_tvthai: Saladaeng intersection: witnessed heard four explosions and people were seen running away from the spot.
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    [at]jin_nation spoke to Seh Daeng's close aid who said Seh Daeng is now in ICU at Hua Chiew hospital after being shot in th head.
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    TNN reported that Seh Daeng has been sent to Hua Chiew Hospital after being shot at Sarain junction. #Ch.7
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    klustout In Bangkok, #CNN confirms an explosion and gunfire in the protest area where anti-govt #redshirts have gathered. #wr
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    SMDIndustries Re: #redshirts FLASH: Loud explosion, gunfire heard near #bkk business district via witnesses and [at]Reuters May23 22:45 #aest #aunews #world
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    http://www.bangkokpost.com/breakingn...ordered-closed

    Two more roads ordered closed
    Published: 13/05/2010 at 07:29 PM
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    The Centre for the Resolution of Emergency Situation (CRES) has ordered police to close two more roads as part of the government's pressure on red-shirt protesters in the Ratchaprasong commercial district, according to television reports.

    They are the roads from Pathumwan intersection and Charoenpol, and from Pratu Nam intersection to Makkasan.

    The CRES has also declared a no-fly zone covering 6,000 feet over the 3.6-square-kilometre rally area.

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    RT [at]tulsathit: Repeat: Nation Channel has announced correction saying Seh Daeng is unconscious and doctors trying to save him.
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    (8.05) Nation TV: Erawan Centre hasn't confirmed the death of Seh Daeng but said he was unconscious in ICU.
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    Some interviewer must have gotten the shock of their lives....this seems to be a more reliable source than the twitter rumourmongering...

    Rogue General Seh Daeng Is Shot During Thai Protests - NYTimes.com

    Dissident Thai General is Shot; Army Moves to Face Protesters
    By THOMAS FULLER and SETH MYDANS
    Published: May 13, 2010


    BANGKOK — A renegade Thai general was shot in Bangkok on Thursday as the military planned to encircle the barricaded encampment of antigovernment demonstrators.

    Gen. Khattiya Sawatdiphol, 59, better known as Seh Daeng, was allied with the protesters. He appeared to have taken a single bullet to the head during an interview with The International Herald Tribune.

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    Children, women are among those injured, ([at]js100radio)
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    RT [at]terryfrd: At red rally speeches continuing normally. Standard speech about bad Dems, minoirty govt, unhappy soldiers. Subdued applause.
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    TR [at]Neaw_NBC: Red leaders huddled inside their container following news of Seh Daeng attack.
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    TV has been interrupted for an official emergency decree.

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    Just received from the FCO:

    #This email is to advise you that an article matching one of your interests has been published: Thai Government action against protesters in Bangkok.

    The Thai Government has announced that it will take measures this evening to increase the pressure on demonstrators currently located around the Ratchaprasong intersection in central Bangkok. On 13 May the Thai Government’s Centre for the Resolution of Emergency Situations (CRES) announced that it will take measures to increase the pressure on the red shirt demonstrators currently located around the Ratchaprasong intersection, the central business district of Bangkok, close to the British Embassy.

    >From 1800 on 13 May, it is likely that access to the Ratchaprasong area by road, pedestrian and public transport will be restricted; numbers of security personnel and armoured vehicles may increase around the perimeter of the demonstration area; and there may also be disruption to utilities in the Ratchaprasong area.
    As a result of the likely disruption caused by continued unrest in the Ratchaprasong area, the British Embassy in Bangkok is currently operating with a revised service the public. British nationals requiring consular assistance should call 02 305 8333 (in Thailand).
    Tensions remain high in and around the Ratchaprasong intersection and there could be outbreaks of violence. You should avoid this area and if violence breaks out remain indoors and monitor the media and this travel advice. British nationals may wish to consider if it is essential for them to travel within Central Bangkok.
    You should carry your passport or some form of ID and evidence to show where you reside to gain access if you are stopped.
    We advise against all but essential travel to the city of Bangkok, in view of the continued political unrest.
    For further information, see the Foreign Office travel advice for Thailand.


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    BBC showing some video on the situation. Area is darkened but reds have generators as lights can be seen in the protest area.

    Reporting SD shot and in serious condition. Women and children among the injured. Updates to come on BBC.

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    RT [at]tulsathit: Scores of reds have surged into Hua Chiew, confronting troops. (via [at]satien_nna)
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    http://twitter.com/tulsathit

    it seems Seh Daeng was hit while giving interview to a small group of foreign reporters somewhere near Saladaeng shortly after 7 pm.

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    Rogue General Seh Daeng Is Shot During Thai Protests - NYTimes.com



    BANGKOK — A renegade Thai general was shot in Bangkok on Thursday as the military planned to encircle the barricaded encampment of antigovernment demonstrators.

    Gen. Khattiya Sawatdiphol, 59, better known as Seh Daeng, was allied with the protesters. He was struck in the head by a bullet during an interview with this reporter. The Associated Press reached an unidentified aide to the general who described his wound as “severe.”
    The general, an incendiary figure who was in charge of security for the protesters, had been called a terrorist by the prime minister, who named him as the chief obstacle to a compromise plan to end a two-month sit-in here in return for an election in November. The latest violence is the most serious since a failed crackdown in April that killed at least 25 people.
    Commanding his own paramilitary force of former Rangers, he was suspended without pay from the armed forces. A special committee was considering whether to strip him of his rank.
    In an interview on Sunday, he denied being responsible for any violence. “I deny!” he cried in English, with a laugh, when asked about the dozens of bombings that have set Bangkok on edge and about the mysterious black-shirted killers who escalated the violence on April 10 that killed 25 soldiers and civilians. “No one ever saw me.”
    A tentative deal had been reached between the protesters and the government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, only to fall apart this week.
    Witnesses heard a loud blast followed by bursts of automatic gunfire near the heavily guarded Silom area, which is close to the protesters’ encampment, The Associated Press reported.
    Seth Mydans contributed reporting.


    Rogue General Seh Daeng Is Shot During Thai Protests - NYTimes.com
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    Things are still happening....

    sangbkk RT [at]veen_NT: (9.09pm) #redshirts destroy CCTV around Thai Belgian Bridge and tear down police barricades. #NNA
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    nationnews (9.09pm) #redshirts destroy CCTV around Thai Belgian Bridge and tear down police barricades. #NNA ---[at]veen_NT (9.09pm) #redshirts... | Facebook
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    RedPhanFa2Day RT [at]photo_journ: #redshirts speakers working at Sala Daeng again. Mournful, sad music.
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    GlobalMouthful Troops also on bridge near U Chu Liang bldg #redshirts
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    More on the snipers, this is from earlier today, before Seh Daeng was shot.


    Associated Press
    http://asiancorrespondent.com/breaki...test-siege.htm

    Thailand's government planned a massive lockdown Thursday on a posh Bangkok neighborhood occupied by thousands of protesters, and warned that troops will not hesitate to shoot armed "terrorists" who resist.



    Armored personnel carriers and snipers will surround the so-called Red Shirt protesters who have barricaded themselves behind piles of tires and bamboo spears in the 1-square-mile (3-square-kilometer) area, said Col. Sansern Kaewkamnerd, the spokesman of the agency charged with ending the protest.
    The agency "has shifted its strategy toward complete blockade and interception," he said.


    Separately, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajvia said he has rescinded his offer to hold elections on Nov. 14 because the protesters have refused to end their sit-in.
    With the lockdown looming, leaders of the Red Shirts were defiant, saying their supporters would never "surrender" and were not afraid to die.


    The Red Shirts, many from the rural poor, believe Abhisit's coalition government came to power illegitimately through manipulation of the courts and the backing of the powerful military, and they have occupied parts of the capital since March 12 to demand new elections.


    Sansern said sharpshooters with live ammunition will take up vantage positions; water and electricity supplies to the area may be cut off, Sansern said.


    Massive traffic jams snaked across Bangkok as people rushed home from work early. Long lines formed at train stations in the area before the government shut them down at 6 p.m. (1100 GMT). A pier on the Chao Phraya river used by river taxis also was closed. But there was no sign of armored personnel carriers on the streets as night began to fall.


    The government told medical centers to have doctors, nurses and ambulances ready for contingencies. Businesses were told to let employees take the day off Friday. Many banks and shops in the area put up signs, telling customers they were closing early.
    The steps signaled a sense of desperation in the government that has been ineffectual in dislodging the Red Shirts from the Rajprasong neighborhood, lined with malls, upscale apartments, two hospitals, parks and embassies, including the U.S. and British.
    "During the closing-in operation today, it's possible that terrorists in the area would move in and encounter the officers. Therefore, the authorities must execute measures according to international standards and rules of engagement. Live ammunition will be used," Sansern said.


    The warning raised the specter of a repeat of the clashes between protesters and security forces on April 10 in another part of Bangkok that killed 25 people and injured 800. Later violence related to the protests have caused four deaths and injured 600.
    Sansern said troops will use rubber bullets first but will not hesitate to use live ammunition in self defense if attacked.


    "In addition, another unit of ... sharpshooters will be on the lookout and will shoot terrorists who carry weapons," he said.


    From behind their barricades, leaders of the Red Shirts were defiant as they addressed supporters including women and children.


    "Our brothers and sisters are not afraid to die. If the troops move in, our people will surround them," said one leader, Jatuporn Prompan.


    "We will never surrender. Please have faith in the fight," he said. "As soon as troops move in, the Red Shirts in the provinces and Bangkok will rise together."
    The U.S. and British embassies announced they would close all services to the public on Friday. "Please do not come to the Visa Application Centre until further notice," the British Embassy said on its website.


    The U.S. Embassy will operate with limited staff Friday, said spokeswoman Cynthia Brown. Personnel living in the area have been given the option to relocate to temporary housing.


    The Red Shirts, who are largely drawn from the rural and urban poor, see Abhisit's government as serving an elite insensitive to the plight of most Thais. The protesters include many supporters of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, a populist leader who was accused of corruption and abuse of power and ousted in a 2006 military coup.
    Thaksin, a former telecommunications billionaire who fled overseas to avoid a corruption conviction, is widely believed to be helping to bankroll the protests. He claims to be a victim of political persecution.


    After agreeing last week in principle to Abhisit's offer of November polls, the protesters later said they would stay put until the deputy prime minister faces criminal charges for violence during the protests.


    Associated Press

    Bangkok gears up for protest siege | Asian Correspondent

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