A young woman, aged about 20, is believed to have died and many others were were hurt in a suspected car bomb explosion during rioting on the streets of Bangkok. The device went off near to where anti-government protestors were laying siege to parliament. Shots are also said to have been fired at police, struggling to contain the demonstrators. Some 70 people were injured as riot police attempted to clear barricades erected to prevent ministers attending the start of a legislative session.
The deputy prime minister resigned on hearing news that two men had lost parts of their legs, blown off by bursting tear gas canisters.
The violence follows a long stand-off, with supporters of the People’s Alliance for Democracy occupying the Government House compound since late August. New Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat was preparing his maiden policy speech and had to leave hurriedly, climbing through a barbed wire fence at the rear of the parliament building.
One senior army officer denied the military was planning a coup saying they would be carrying out joint patrols with the police to keep order.