Thai government halts protesters' break-out

Thai government halts protesters' break-out
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One soldier has died and at least 18 protesters have been injured in the latest clashes between government forces and the Red Shirts opposition movement in Bankok, Thailand.

The violence came when a column of Red Shirts defied the government order restricting them to the centre of the capital, and it attempted to break through to reach a neighbouring province where Red Shirt supporters had been arrested.

So far 26 people have died in the seven-week long crisis.

“The question is whether the people would like to choose peace or war. Because our side is running everything in order to create peace, but the government is trying to push the war. And you know if they push the war, the civil war is coming,” said Red Shirts leader Weng Tojirakarn.

It is unclear if troops were using rubber bullets or live ammunition, but the chaos is such that little is verifiable, except that the government’s patience appears to be wearing thin, and it is determined to keep the protest confined and use force to stop it spreading out of the capital.

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