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Political violence in Thailand leaves 18 dead

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Political violence in Thailand leaves 18 dead


Clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters in Bangkok have left at least 18 people dead and more than 800 injured.

It was the biggest confrontation of a month-long street campaign for new elections and the Thai capital’s worst political violence in nearly 20 years.

In a crackdown aimed at halting the protests, troops fired rubber bullets and tear gas. Demonstrators fought back with guns, grenades and petrol bombs.

A Japanese cameraman was among the dead.

After hours of violence, soldiers retreated. But the deadlock continues, with so-called Red Shirt protesters determined that Thailand’s Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva must leave power.

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