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    RT [at]newley: Rajaprasong stage 30 min ago Rajaprasong stage 30 min ago on Twitpic
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    Thai soldiers use elevated train tracks to move on anti-goverment protestors near Lumpini Park in downtown Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, May 19, 2010. Large numbers of Thai troops and armored vehicles marshaled Wednesday near the fortified encampment in downtown Bangkok occupied by thousands of anti-government protesters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by robuzo View Post
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    From a BBC reporter......! All of a sudden the black shirts aren't being so shy....

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    Gun battle at Lumpini. Filmed black shirts with assault rifles firing at troops in park. At least 5 protesters injured.
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    If this- troops "firing from heavy machine guns" at protesters- is true, then it is time for the black shirts to start shooting back in earnest.

    Abhisit needs to be hauled before the Hague.
    Black shirt terrorist have guns?
    Use the heaviest machine guns you have Abbo.
    I believe the air force have Apache gun ships, bring them on and restore law and order and then start talking about democracy, and not mindless vandelism.
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    Hearing that the cops are asking the army to back off. Interesting development if true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog View Post
    I don't think this is going away soon....the main rally site is only part of the clean up. The entire middle of the city is under siege. The governments stated aim, that this will be the last operation, is ridiculous. Unless they attack the reds at all points, then this is only just beginning.

    I don't see the reds outside the protest area going home.
    Having declared his hand, if this is not finished in BKK this week, then Abhisit is toast and must fall. Personally I still think Anupong mat still be the wild card here, if a lot of Thai blood is spilt, I think could well will arrest Abhisit (conveniently located in the 11th Army HQ) and the rest of his shambolic puppet government, and declare martial law.

    Oddly enough, I think the Reds would accept that.

    Anupong may yet salvage his historical position and emerge as a people's hero. But first he will have to overcome his conditioning.

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    MSNBC says yes they are going in to the compound

    Thai troops fire into protesters

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    TAN_Network Ch 3: Heavy military presence at Sukumvit Soi 11; vehicles not allowed to pass
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    Thai government making good headlines around the world again....

    Government spokesman on TV now...English too!!!!!!!

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    The Globe and Mail

    Thai troops open fire on protesters
    Soldiers moving in on Red Shirt demonstrators in operation described as 'D-Day'
    Denis D. Gray and Jocelyn Gecker Bangkok— The Associated Press
    Last updated on Tuesday, May. 18, 2010 09:03PM EDT


    Thai troops and armoured vehicles converged early Wednesday around the barricaded encampment of anti-government protesters in downtown Bangkok and opened fire in what appears to be a final crackdown to disperse them.

    “This is D-Day," said one soldier when asked if this was the final push to clear the protest zone. The demonstrators have occupied much of central Bangkok since mid-April to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, dissolution of Parliament and immediate elections.



    Associated Press reporters saw the troops firing automatic rifles from an overpass overlooking the encampment Wednesday morning. Minutes later a massive cloud of black smoke rose from a building nearby.

    Groups of soldiers fired from the elevated tracks of a light-rail system that runs over the encampment.

    An army commander said some Red Shirt protesters were about 200 metres inside the barricade.

    Soldiers extended their blockades around the protest site at dawn Wednesday and used loudspeakers to tell all people to leave. Smoke billowed above the city skyline as a government building was on fire in another part of Bangkok.

    At least 39 people have been killed and more than 300 people wounded in seven days of clashes in Bangkok between the protesters and troops. All but one of those killed are civilians who were shot.

    Hundreds of troops and police, many armed with M-16 assault rifles, were seen in nearby streets and alleys Wednesday morning. Three armoured personnel carriers were parked in front of the upscale Dusit Thani hotel, across the street from the southern edge of the barricade. Their machine-gun mountain turrets pointed toward the barricade wall of tires and bamboo sticks, and troops crouched behind the vehicles.

    Wednesday's troop movement came after Abhisit rejected protesters' unconditional offer to negotiate Tuesday and insisted there would be no talks until the dwindling anti-government movement abandoned its encampment in Rajprasong, a ritzy area of central Bangkok.

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    Government on TV now, saying in Thai and English that many security operations going on today, if you need assistance, call 191. Operations are designed to secure the area. We will (CRES) keep you informed throughout the day. Another TV address from CRES shortly.

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    BBC being shot at by black shirts is going to go down real well...

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    RT [at]fcwscott: Zoe Daniel (ABC- Aust) reporting live that BBC crew had been shot at by blackshirts within red camp. Live ABC-Aust now
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    Looks like soldiers are heading towards Ratchaprasong rally site now along skytrain tracks from south and east at least.
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    What these soldiers are pushing on the sky train tracks is what I saw the soldiers carry up to the platform at BTS Phloenchit.
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    Michael_Yon Much dark smoke coming from area of Rama IV beyond Dusit Thani (in direction of away from Lumpini). Some shooting.... Much dark smoke... | Facebook
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    Quote Originally Posted by Myofb
    Having declared his hand, if this is not finished in BKK this week, then Abhisit is toast and must fall. Personally I still think Anupong mat still be the wild card here, if a lot of Thai blood is spilt, I think could well will arrest Abhisit (conveniently located in the 11th Army HQ) and the rest of his shambolic puppet government, and declare martial law. Oddly enough, I think the Reds would accept that.
    I think that Abhist is finished anyway. Having acknowledged the Reds grievances when he formulated his road map he can now hardly say that the problems have gone away. But it is inconceivable that the Red leadership could accept him as part of a genuine reconciliation process.

    Many have called for a governemnt of national reconciliation over the past few weeks but finding someone acceptable to both sides is the problem. So far at least Anupong seems to have been able to distance himself from the worst of the violence and repeatedly called for a political rather than a military solution.

    This may well be a case where the devil you don't know is better than the one you do.

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    Standoff in Din Daeng, fires and bangs. Occasional shots. Very quiet. Reds appear to have been very busy at night erecting new and bigger barriers around here.

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    Very black column of smoke from in front of Lumpini Tower on Rama IV. Sporadic smallish explosions.
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    Recent tweets...some opinion in there...

    terryfrd Kwanchai does not want this. He has big plans for the future in Udorn and his 400,000 supporters, listeners to his radio station.
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    tri26 RT [at]bangkok: Red Protester shot dead at Sarasin Intersection Red shot dead at Sarasin intersection / via [at]andrewhurd
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    RichardBarrow Reuters: Four people wounded in Bangkok clashes Reuters AlertNet - Four people wounded in Bangkok clashes - TV
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    terryfrd Kwanchai admits they did not assess the situation correctly. He never expected this, he says. Blames govt
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    fishmyman Woman is shot at din daeng, medic teams brave fire with white flag to help her/ am [at] noodle store watching tpbs will try goin in in an hour.
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    terryfrd No rant today for Kwanchai. Says they are more than willing to talk if the troops would just leave.
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    TAN_Network Soldiers approach Sarasin bunker
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    terryfrd Thaksin has nothing to do with this Kwanchai says, govt has it wrong. Keep him out of it. Haven't talked to him for days.
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    legalnomads Tyres burning, black smoke billowing upward near the Pratunam Intersection Photo from Getty Images (via [at]RichardBarrow)
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    DavidQuine Loads more shots from Lumphini Park into Sarasin Rd, surely they should have wrapped this up by now?
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    RichardBarrow RT [at]newley: Rajaprasong stage 30 min ago Rajaprasong stage 30 min ago on Twitpic
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    terryfrd Kwanchai says they have nothing to fight without except prayers. Now giving one of his standard speaches.
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    RichardBarrow Picture: Tyres burning near the Pratunam Intersection Photo from Getty Images
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    TAN_Network Reporters can now roam freely on Wireless Rd according to Channel 9
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    My god Kwanchai is full of it.......

    Michael_Yon Now at Rama IV. Michael Yon's Photos | Facebook
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    RichardBarrow Map showing location of Sarasin Intersection where red shirt protester was shot and killed Bangkok Dangerous: Street Battles May 2010 - Google Maps
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    tukky_nt Charan, one of red leaders, told an NGO that leaders conceded to surrender but ar 3000 protesters opposed. via [at]jin_nation
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    wildorchid9999 Non stop shooting on soi ngam duplee (via TPBS)
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    terryfrd How can Thailand, a Buddhist country, have descended into this?, Kwanchai asks. What's happening? Blames govt.
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    http://www.bangkokpost.com/lite/brea...n-intersection

    Red shot dead at Sarasin intersection
    One red-shirt protester was shot dead at Sarasin intersection on Wednesday morning, reports said.

    Published: 19/05/2010 at 09:23 AM
    Newspaper section: breakingnews

    Wattanachai Aiumnak was shot in the chest and died at the scene. His body was now being kept at the Police General hospital.

    One red-shirt told reporters that he believed Wattanachai was shot by a sniper hiding somewhere near Lumpini Park, not by soldiers stationing at the Saladaeng intersection.

    Pol Lt Gen Jongjate Aaojenpong, senior medical doctor at the Police General Hospital, said in a television interview that four injured red-shirt protesters were admitted to the hospital.

    "Two of them were shot in the chest and stomach and now receiving a surgery" he said.

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    Some opinion and no doubt rubbish mixed in with the info...

    ivy

    ThaiPBS: 10:06am Explosions & gunshots heard at Sarasin intersection continually. #Redshirts have retreated.
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    RT [at]sternos: 10:05am BBC report now: #redshirts have weapons at Ratchaprasong stage.
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    ThaiPBS: 10:03am Two spots of fire at Bon Kai, possibly caused by the clash. Fire trucks are not in the area yet. #redshirts
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    ThaiPBS: 10:03am Two spots of fire at Bon Kai, possibly caused by the clash. Fire trucks are not in the area yet.
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    ThaiPBS: 10.02am Clashe going on at Ngam Duphli. Gunshots & explosions heard. Things are tense. Now K-bank at Bon Kai is on fire. #redshirts
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    ThaiPBS: 9:59am All entrances to Police General hospital are closed. #redshirts
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    ThaiPBS: 9:59am All entrances to Police General hospital are closed.
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    TT [at]jin_nation: 9:56am URGENT! Jarun: "Leaders are now ready to surrender but the problem is 3,000 #redshirts who don't wanna end it yet."
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    RT [at]sternos: Army now allowing full access to press in operations area. #redshirts taken press out of stage area. So much 4 free press
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    Now that #redshirts are trying to burn down Platinum & Pantip plaza. don't think doing da same thing w/ CTW/ Gaysorn is impossible
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    9:41am: from radio: #Redshirts have already surrounded every entrance of Chulalongkorn hospital.
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    9:40am: I'm listening to radio on the cab now and it's reported that #redshirts hv started to pour gasoline at Platinum mall.
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    Not good. They should let the women and children go.

    BBC: #redshirts at Ratchaprasong stage urging everyone to stay (women and children included).
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    BBC: #redshirts returning fire
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    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog
    They should let the women and children go.
    Yes and no. If they shoot them, it will be for the good of the cause. We live in interesting times.

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    So the Reds are finally going to get their Waco. Saying that they 'did not assess the situation correctly & never expected this' (but they kept their stockpile of guns just in case) and blaming the supporters for not wanting to have is ceasefire just shows how totally incompetent the Red leaders are.

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    http://www.nationmultimedia.com/home...-30129740.html

    Protesters seized Thai Com satellite uplink station in Nonthaburi


    Nation TV reported that red-shirt protesters stormed in and seized Thai Com uplink station at Kaewrai, Nothaburi, at 8:58 am Wednesday.

    The station said no clash happened.

    The protesters were building up bunkers with rubber tyres.

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    Nation TV showing pics of big fire...

    RT [at]tukky_nt: 10am Journo were asked to pull out from Saladaeng :ch9 #redshirts
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    ThaiPBS: 10:11am People are worried that fire at Soi Ngam Puphli could cause explosion at PTT gas station. Soldiers stop firing. #redshirts
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