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    Battle for Bangkok 19th May Death toll 60 Injured 1,700

    Thailand government rejects Bangkok protest talks offer


    Thailand's government has rejected an offer of mediated talks with red-shirt protesters aimed at ending an increasingly violent confrontation.

    Five days of street clashes between troops and protesters in Bangkok have left 37 people dead and scores injured.

    Red-shirt leaders had earlier accepted the offer of fresh talks to be overseen by senior Senate figures.

    But the government said the red-shirts had to leave their Bangkok camp before any talks could take place.

    "The situation has escalated and become violent with armed groups and terrorists attacking the government, officers in the field and civilians," cabinet minister Satit Wonghnongtaey said in a televised news conference.



    In pictures: Street fighters
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    "The situation could be resolved and lead to negotiations when demonstrators disperse."
    The offer to mediate talks came from the head of Thailand's Senate, Prasobsuk Boondej.

    Red-shirt leader Nattawut Saikua told journalists that the protesters backed the proposal because "if we allow things to go on like this, we don't know how many more lives will be lost".

    Mr Prasobsuk said exploratory talks had yielded positive results, although his offer to mediate had earlier been publicly rejected by the government.

    He has apparently met the prime minister twice to discuss the issue, says the BBC's Lucy Williamson in Bangkok. And on Tuesday met red-shirt leaders in a shipping container behind the protesters' main stage.

    He left after an hour or so, saying the talks had been "positive".

    But what these tentative contacts mean remains unclear, our correspondent adds.

    The two sides have been trading increasingly bitter accusations in recent days.

    The government accuses hard-liners within the red camp of using women and children as shields. At a news conference on Tuesday the military showed footage of what it said was a protester holding a baby over a barricade.

    The red-shirts, meanwhile, accuse government troops of firing indiscriminately on them, although the army said troops were firing live rounds only in self-defence.

    Late on Monday, the United Nations called on the protesters to "step back from the brink" and urged the government troops to exercise restraint.

    Holiday extended

    On Tuesday sporadic outbreaks of violence continued, but the BBC's South East Asia correspondent, Rachel Harvey, said that confrontations between troops and demonstrators appeared to be less intense than they once were.

    But several thousand protesters remained inside the barricaded camp in the centre of Bangkok in continued defiance of government demands to leave.

    RED-SHIRT PROTEST
    14 Mar: Red-shirts converge on Bangkok, occupy government district
    16 Mar: Protesters splash their own blood at Government House
    30 Mar: Talks with government ends in deadlock
    3 Apr: Occupy Bangkok shopping district
    10 Apr: Troops try to clear protesters; 25 people are killed and hundreds injured
    13-17 May: 36 killed in Bangkok clashes



    Protests day by day
    In pictures: Bangkok violence
    Thai protests: Eyewitness accounts

    Schools and government offices remained closed, and underground and elevated train services were suspended.

    The government has extended the public holiday until Friday to allow more time to resolve the crisis - which has seen gunfire and explosions at a number of sites around the protest camp.

    On Tuesday the military held a news conference, showing footage which it said showed that the red-shirt protesters were aggressors in the fighting.

    The red-shirts have been protesting in Bangkok since 14 March. They are currently occupying the shopping district, forcing hotels and shops to close and affecting the city's economy.

    The protesters are a loose coalition of left-wing activists, democracy campaigners and mainly rural supporters of ousted leader Thaksin Shinawatra, who has lived overseas since he was convicted of conflict of interest.

    They are demanding fresh polls because they say the government - which came to power through a parliamentary deal rather than an election - is illegitimate.


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    Just seen footage on SKY News with the army inching closer to the protest site with increased troop numbers and armoured vehicles.

    Last heard was the thai army loudspeakers asking the protesters to disperse as an operation is about to happen. SKY News relayed this information through channel 9 Thailand

    BBC news mentioned fuck all
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    I have just had an SMS from the office saying that the toll ways at din Daeng have been blocked, not to go to work if coming that way.

    Damn, I usually go up Ratchada and anyway today I have meetings at Laem Chabang.....

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    Troops, armoured carriers advance near Bangkok protest

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    Wed May 19, 2010 12:51am BST




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    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai troops massed in Bangkok's main business district and fired warning shots into the air ahead of a possible operation to evict anti-government protesters from their encampment, local television reported.
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    A reporter from Channel 9 television said troops fired gunshots into the air and called on protesters and civilians to leave their fortified encampment in central Bangkok and surrounding areas immediately.
    "Please leave the site immediately. Officials are about to conduct an operation," the military said on a loudspeaker, according to the Channel 9 television reporter.
    Soldiers sprayed a water cannon at a wall of tyres at the entrance to the protest encampment in an attempt to prevent fuel from being ignited in what may be the start of a long-anticipated crackdown to disperse them.
    A leader of the red-shirted protesters called on supporters to hold their ground, saying he feared an imminent offensive on their protest site occupied by thousands in the heart of Bangkok's commercial district for more than six weeks.
    Gunshots were heard nearby as the army used loudspeakers to urge protesters to leave the site.
    It was unclear whether the military presence was the start of the crackdown or the beginning of a long process to raise pressure on the protesters and flush out women, children and others from a sprawling encampment where explosives, guns and grenades are thought to be stashed.
    Protest guards were seen pouring kerosene over their main three-metre (10 ft) high barricade, as at least two dozen armoured personnel carriers approached the encampment, soon to be doused with the water cannon.
    "We're asking everybody to be ready for a crackdown because armoured personnel carriers are beginning to move in (to the area)," said Nattawut Saikua, a protest leader.
    Some troops in the business district were as close as 200 metres (650 ft) from the protesters' barricade, a Reuters photographer said. Pick-up trucks and buses carrying soldiers also arrived in the area.
    About 3,000 of the mostly rural and urban poor protestors, who broadly support former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, remain in the encampment in Bangkok's high-end shopping, hotel and diplomatic district, refusing to leave.
    "We have received reports that they will come in some areas. Negotiations are ongoing. But if they come, we will let it happen and fight on from here," Nattawut told supporters from a stage at the centre of the main protest site.
    Soon after he spoke, protest leaders broke into songs and, in a surreal sight, ran comedy skits from the stage.
    They accuse the British-born, Oxford-educated Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva of lacking a popular mandate after coming to power in a controversial parliamentary vote in 2008 with tacit backing from the military, and have demanded immediate elections.
    Troops have thrown a cordon around the 3 sq-km (1.2 sq-mile) protest site, a "tent city" at the Rachaprasong intersection, paralysing the heart of Bangkok. Hundreds of women and children have taken refuge in a temple inside the protest area.
    Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thuagsuban has said moving in on the encampment had to be "a last resort."
    The red shirts have been stockpiling food, water, and supplies in their encampment since Thursday when troops began an operation to isolate them, sparking several days of street fighting that has killed 39 people and wounded nearly 300 in Thailand's deadliest political violence in 18 years.
    (Additional reporting by Nopporn Wong-Anan; writing by Jason Szep; editing by Bill Tarrant)


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    ^ Only wanted to post the article, not sure those pics above are related to this date the 19th.

    Just heard on SKY that tear gas is being fired at the entrance of the protest camp.

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    Thai TPBS has a lot of video coverage right now.

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    A not very good photo from my phone, about 5 minutes ago.
    Appear baricade at Lumpini Park Silom on fire.
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    THai TV showing lines of troops heading up Silom to Sala Daeng...

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    Blanket of black smoke over Lumpini/Rama 4 area. Solitary Black Hawk helicopter high overheard. APCs on TV news. Has the endgame begun?

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    AFP:Twelve APCs with machine guns mounted on top arrived inSilom, troops wearing balaclavas and carrying weapons/riot shields.

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    TPBS TV shows soldiers sheltering behind APCs, moving towards Red Shirt entrance opposite Silom Road

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    RT [at]paisal_nt: Troops seize control of Saladaeng. Troops ceaselessly fire into the sky to intimidate protesters

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    Spoke to [at]newley on Ploenchit Road, east of protest site. Soldiers are not moving into site itself, he reports. No gunfire.
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    Reds set fire to ONCB in Din Daeng



    The red-shirt protesters had at about 7am on Wednesday set fire to the three-storey building of the Office Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) located at Din Daeng intersection, reports said.
    The blast took place at the building’s 2nd and 3rd floors and was spreading to other floors as fire fighters could not go into the area because it is unsafe zone.
    Pol Maj Gen Krisana Polanand, secretary general of the ONCB, said in a television interview that he had received report about the arson attack and had contacted fire fighters to put off the fire.
    He was reported that men on several motorcycles set fire to his office building.
    It was reported that the red-shirts had set fire to piles of used tyres in front of Century Park hotel on Ratchaprarop road after learning that more troops and amoured vehicles were reinforced in Silom and Saladaeng area.
    The reds also set fire to a large number of used tyres on Rama IV road.
    Clouds of smokes were seen to have covered areas in the capital.


    Source : Reds set fire to ONCB in Din Daeng

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    Masked Men Trying to Set Fire to Kong Toey MRT Station

    Reporters are saying that at least 3 to 4 masked men, holding gallons of petrol, are trying to set fire to the Klong Toey MRT station.

    With no security officials in the area, passers-by who are trying to dissuade them from doing so, are the only thing standing between the masked men and torching of the subway station.


    -- Tan Network 2010-05-19

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    Confirmed on Thai TV, the baracade at Sala Daeng is on fire.

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    seacorro Scary stuff on Thai TV, heavy fire behind reporter on phone. #redshirts
    2 minutes ago from web

    falangsas Sky news are saying that the tanks are now moving in. #redshirts
    2 minutes ago from TweetDeck

    sternos al jazeera says army has now broken the #redshirts barricade at rama IV after tyres were set alight
    2 minutes ago from TweetDeck
    "Slavery is the daughter of darkness; an ignorant people is the blind instrument of its own destruction; ambition and intrigue take advantage of the credulity and inexperience of men who have no political, economic or civil knowledge. They mistake pure illusion for reality, license for freedom, treason for patriotism, vengeance for justice."-Simón Bolívar

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    "This is D-Day" --- Associated Press reporters saw the troops firing automatic rifles

    Thai troops fire guns, tear gas at protest zone - Yahoo! News

    BANGKOK – Thai troops and armored 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 crouching position on the tracks 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 yards (meters) inside the barricade.
    Soldiers extended their blockades around the protest site at dawn Wednesday and used loudspeakers to tell all people to return to their homes. 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 armored 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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    ^^^^Yep, definately graduated to terrorists now.

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    Just looked outside, the sky is black to the south, first time it's been like that......amazing amounts of smoke.

    Guess the reds got the time wrong, but the crackdown is happening.

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    ThaiPBS: 7:14am Press told to leave Rajprasong area. Leaders told #redshirts to get ready for crackdown.
    about 1 hour ago via Tweetie

    ThaiPBS: 7.10am: Blackshirts spotted in Bon Kai. #redshirts
    about 1 hour ago via Tweetie

    ThaiPBS: 7:03am A building at Din Dang intersection is on fire. Fire trucks not shown up yet. #Redshirts mad at press.
    about 1 hour ago via Tweetie

    ThaiPBS: 7.03am A building is on fire at Din Dang intersection. Fire trucks not in the area yet. #Redshirts have been mad at
    about 1 hour ago via Tweetie

    ThaiPBS: 6:58am M79s fired at Bon Kai, landed at under the Rama IV express way, believed to be fired from Bon Kai community. #redshirts
    about 1 hour ago via Tweetie

    At 3:30 am, 7 armoured vehicles and 20 military trucks arrive at Silom Road heading to Saladaeng. #redshirts /via [at]paisal_nt
    about 1 hour ago via Tweetie

    TT [at]iNattt: 6:42am Commercial buildings at Bon Kai and Rajdamri are on fire now. #redshirts
    about 1 hour ago via Tweetie

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    New black smoke from in front of Lumini Tower, its even worse now since I took this photo 5 minutes ago.


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    Appears to be a huge fire at Chulalongkorn Hospital.
    Patients are being evacuated. This is coming from TPBS TV.

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    TAN seems to be doing a good job of covering events

    TAN News Network (TAN_Network) on Twitter


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    Fire at Narcotics Board now under control; press reporting that protesters r getting hostile, preventing them frm covering event
    1 minute ago via Digsby

    Heavy traffic congestion throughout city as private sector reopens after 2 days of holidays; most didn't expect today's crackdown
    4 minutes ago via Digsby

    MRT officials ask CRES for protection as masked men attempt to set fire to Klong Toey MRT station via [at]warakorn_NBC
    6 minutes ago via Digsby

    Group of teenagers burn tires on Lumluka Rd leading to East Wong Wan, only 1 lane open for traffic via [at]js100radio
    7 minutes ago via Digsby

    Ch 7: Soldiers start shooting rubber bullets after shooting tear gas at Sala Deang
    14 minutes ago via Digsby

    Cont: Authorities plan to evac Chula Hospital patients via Henry Dunant Rd.
    19 minutes ago via Witter

    Chula Hospital not on fire.Black smokes frm tyres set on fire by reds who claim sniper hiding in 'Sor Kor' Building in hospital.
    20 minutes ago via Witter

    Authorities are telling general public to stay at home if possible; traffic deadline in many locations
    22 minutes ago via Digsby

    Jatuporn says he is confused with latest developments; talked to Senators yesterday evening, things seemed fine
    29 minutes ago via Digsby

    Protesters at Ladprao being told to re-gather at Din Deang; fire at Narcotics Board reaches 2nd fl
    35 minutes ago via Digsby

    Men in black trying to set Klongtoey MRT on fire, public attempting to intervene via [at]MRT_BMCL
    35 minutes ago via Witter in reply to MRT_BMCL

    APC approaches Sala Deang bunker; fire exchanged
    about 1 hour ago via Digsby

    TNN 24: 3-4 protesters trying to set fire to Klong Toey MRT; passers-by trying to prevent them
    about 1 hour ago via Digsby

    Tear gas being used at the Sala Deang intersection
    about 1 hour ago via Digsby

    Nation team on Channel 9: Locals in the area using fire extinguishers to try and stop fire at narcotics board
    about 1 hour ago via Digsby

    Additional announcements have been made for protesters to leave Ratchprasong; soldiers still haven't moved in
    about 1 hour ago via Digsby

    Building in Din Deang which houses Narcotics Control Board on fire at 1-2 fls; no fire crews on the scene via [at]warakorn_NBC
    about 1 hour ago via Digsby

    Channel 9: Authorities are able to secure Lumpini Park
    about 1 hour ago via Digsby

    Soldiers blocking the front of various Sois on Silom Rd to make sure civilians don't come out onto the road; no exceptions
    about 1 hour ago via Digsby

    Reds block outbound Ratanatibet Rd in front of ThaiCom traffic caanot pass via [at]js100radio
    about 1 hour ago via Digsby

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    AJ: #redshirts have set fire to tyres outside Chula hospital, directly under BTS.
    half a minute ago via TweetDeck

    AlJazeera: Troops have 4 APCs on Rama IV, firing from heavy machine guns. Broken barricade. Not advancing. #redshirts
    5 minutes ago via TweetDeck

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    Fire still burning in front of Chula hospital. Can see no sign of Klon Toey MRT station burning so maybe somebody was able to stop that.


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    Richard Barrow (RichardBarrow) on Twitter

    Click link for a pic

    RichardBarrow | TweetPhoto Screen shot of APC's at Sala Daeng Intersection
    5 minutes ago via TweetDeck

    RT [at]bobdotorg: 8:14 Al Jazeera reporting APCs (not tanks) taking down barricades, 2 more on Thai Belgium flyover firing north.
    6 minutes ago via TweetDeck

    [at]Barrie_Brown Looks like APC's at Sala Daeng
    7 minutes ago via TweetDeck in reply to Barrie_Brown

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    Great shots TH!


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    livepic saladaeng intersection; Yfrog Image : yfrog.com/0xc1srj - Uploaded by vaitor
    3 minutes ago via Tweetie

    im in lumpini park, soldiers are in total control. retake of saladaeng is in progress...
    16 minutes ago via Tweetie

    sathorn and all side sois completely stuffed with high armed soldiers
    18 minutes ago via Tweetie

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    Gunfight erupts at Saladaeng

    Gunfight erupts at Saladaeng

    Troops exchanged gunfire with protesters at Lumpini Park at about 8 am Wednesday, Thai PBS reported.

    Troops using armoured vehicles were trying to break into bunkers of protesters at the Saladaeng Intersection.

    Two helicopters were seen flying over the area.

    The Natio

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrontiumDog View Post
    AJ: #redshirts have set fire to tyres outside Chula hospital, directly under BTS.
    half a minute ago via TweetDeck

    AlJazeera: Troops have 4 APCs on Rama IV, firing from heavy machine guns. Broken barricade. Not advancing. #redshirts
    5 minutes ago via TweetDeck
    Troops have 4 APCs on Rama IV, firing from heavy machine guns - unbelievable

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    UDD tweet

    UDDThailand The civil war has begun! Content Not Found | Facebook
    less than a minute ago via Facebook

    UDDThailand Live pic from Rama IV: http://tweetphoto.com/23005859 http://bit.ly/bE50ib
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