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Thai protestors fail to break army blockade

Thai protestors fail to break army blockade
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Thailand’s Red Shirt protesters have clashed with security forces on the outskirts of Bangkok.

A convoy of several hundred people left their fortified camp in the centre of the Thai capital in blatant defiance of emergency laws restricting their movements.

Around 900 officers, wielding batons, riot shields and firearms, tried to block their path, firing in the air.

Some of the Red Shirts, who want the government to resign, retaliated by hurling stones or firing back.

Reports say one Thai soldier died after he was shot in the head during the clashes.

The once-peaceful demonstration has turned increasingly violent in recent weeks. Seven days ago a grenade blast injured 85 people in Central Bangkok.

The seven-week standoff has claimed 26 lives and wounded more than 800.

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