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Thai demonstrators detained during police operation to clear protest sites

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Over one hundred anti-government protesters have been arrested as police in Thailand cleared a site in Bangkok which had been occupied for weeks.

In an operation involving 15,000 officers, the site near the Energy Ministry was one of five to be “reclaimed” according to security officials.

Although the police move was initially peaceful, there were later clashes and one officer was injured with apparent gunshot wounds.

The protesters have been holding rallies since November in a bid to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, whom they view as a proxy for her elder brother.

Thaksin is a former premier and telecoms tycoon who was toppled in a military coup in 2006.