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    Shots fired at Don Mueang as PAD & taxi drivers clash

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    Rival forces clashed on the road from Don Mueang airport on Tuesday and two people were wounded in the first exchange of gunfire between the PAD and UDD. CRISIS ROUNDUP

    "I can confirm that there were gunshots," a police colonel on the scene said.

    "There was a slight clash and two people were wounded."

    The violence began on the old Phaholyothin Highway, when supporters of the pro-government United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) threw stones at a truck carrying members of the People's Alliance for Democracy.

    The anti-government PAD members were returning from Don Mueang, where they have attempted to blockade the temporary seat of government.

    From their truck, the PAD members fired slingshots and then at least two pistols at the UDD members.

    The fight escalated, as the PAD truck turned to pursue the several dozen UDD supporters, firing at them.

    Two of the fleeing UDD members were shot in the incident.

    The PAD truck was apparently on the way to join about 1,000 PAD protesters who gathered in front of the armed forces headquarters on Chaeng Wattana Road on Tuesday, with more on the way. They aim to prevent a cabinet meeting rumoured to be scheduled for the building on Wednesday.

    The entrance and exit gates of the command headquarters were closed. Military guards, with two fire engines, have been deployed for security inside the compound.

    Meanwhile, the government remained in place and the army vowed there would be no coup.

    The PAD planned to submit a letter to Supreme Commander Gen Songkitti Jaggabatara, asking the military to take sides in the conflict.

    But they looked to be disappointed again.

    "The armed forces have agreed that a coup cannot solve our country's problems and we will try to weather the current situation and pass this critical time," army chief Gen Anupong Paojinda said.

    "The military will use all of its resources to prevent a clash," he said, but added that he was confident there would be no bloodshed.

    Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat was on his way back from the Apec summit in Peru. He will have to find new office space again; the PAD have seized his offices in Government House and at Don Mueang.

    In Lima, Mr Somchai told reporters that he will call a meeting of all relevant agencies as soon as he returns on Wednesday.

    He criticised the PAD's plan to gather at Suvarnabhumi airport when he arrives. The prime minister said this could cause considerable damage to the country and the PAD should think of the majority.

    But there is no sign that the government will resign. It has effectively gone into hiding, and appears non-functional but there is no sign that the protests will force it to step down as the PAD indicated it would.

    The PAD also stiffened its position again. Coordinator Suriyasai Katasila said there will be no negotiations with the government under any circumstances, because talks would be futile.

    He said the PAD’s plan is to stop the government from exercising its power by all means, including by besieging the alternative government headquarters at Don Mueang airport.

    He was reacting to a government offer to talk from acting prime minister Chavarat Charnveerakul, who proposed that Democrat party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva act as mediator at a neutral ground, the defence ministry.

    Democrat party secretary-general Suthep Thaugsuban said in this situation the government should either resign or dissolve the House of Representatives. (with news agency reports)

    BBC Video of the shooting

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    Re: Shots fired at Don Mueang Demo as PAD & UDD clash: 2 wounded.

    Bangkok protesters fire on rivals

    Thai anti-government protesters have fired shots at government supporters, in the capital Bangkok, injuring at least six people.

    The incident happened on a road leading to the city's old airport.

    People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) protests have been going on for several months. The group is occupying the airport and several official buildings.

    They want the resignation of the government, which they accuse of being corrupt and hostile to the monarchy.

    Anti-government demonstrators have also blocked the main highway leading to the Suvarnabhumi international airport.

    They are hoping to prevent Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat, who had refused calls for his resignation, from returning from his visit to the Apec summit in Peru.

    'Final battle'

    Footage of the violence, aired by public broadcaster TPBS, showed shots being fired from a truck into crowds after rocks were thrown from the ground.

    Thousands of people are taking part in anti-government protests
    At least two handguns could be seen and people standing with the gunmen raised up a picture of the revered Thai king, whom the PAD claim to be supporting.

    Protesters could be seen running across the empty multi-lane road and setting fire to a motorbike.

    A man was also seized by pro-government supporters and what appeared to be a large knife was held to his throat.

    TPBS said its cameraman had been threatened at the scene and that PAD personnel attempted to seize his tape.

    PAD protesters have converged on Bangkok's old Don Muang international airport, from where the cabinet has been operating since its offices were occupied.

    Organisers say the protest is a "final battle" to bring down the government.

    The BBC's Jonathan Head in Bangkok says the government appears to have followed a strategy of allowing PAD to attack government buildings while avoiding clashes, in the hope that it will wear the protesters down.

    But many ordinary Thais are sick of the protests and the PAD appear to be losing steam, says our correspondent.

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    Re: Shots fired at Don Mueang Demo as PAD & UDD clash: 2 wounded.

    Pro-government taxi drivers clash with PAD supporters


    Some 20 guards of the People's Alliance for Democracy battled pro-government taxi drivers on Vibhavadi Road Tuesday afternoon.

    Reporters saw the PAD guards running down from a sound truck when it reached in front of Soi Vibhavadi Rangsit 3 to chase after the taxi drivers.

    The taxi drivers used red headbands threw objects as vehicles of the PAD when they driving past to the Suvarnabhumi airport.

    Seeing the guards armed with knives and sticks coming to them, the taxi drivers fled into the soi.

    The guards then damaged properties at the scene and set fire to three motorcycles.

    The guards also attacked a taxi motorcyclists and threatened to harm a cameraman of Thai PBS, who ran for his life.

    A taxi driver alleged that the PAD guards also fired at them.

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    Re: Shots fired at Don Mueang as PAD & taxi drivers clash, trouble also at Suvarnabhu

    PAD vs. taxi drivers in Bangkok, Suvarnabhumi

    (BangkokPost.com) - People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) protesters on Tuesday evening clashed with a group of pro-government taxi drivers on Vibhavadi Road, which left at least 11 injured. Two of the taxi drivers suffered gunshot wounds.

    According to the police, the PAD demonstrators attempted to break into the Khon Rak Taxi (Taxi Lovers) radio station on Vibhavadi Road, Soi 3, but a group of taxi drivers prevented them. As a result, both sides exchanged blows and threw things at each other until more than 60 policemen arrived to settle the situation.

    The radio station is known for supporting the coalition government led by the People Power party (PPP).

    Meanwhile at Suvarnabhumi airport, groups of taxi drivers and supporters of the PAD armed with weapons, including slingshots, fought each other before the police broke up the violence.

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    Re: Shots fired at Don Mueang as PAD & taxi drivers clash, trouble also at Suvarnabhu

    Quote Originally Posted by Khun Don View Post
    "I can confirm that there were gunshots," a police colonel on the scene said.

    "There was a slight clash and two people were wounded."
    Looking at that video, that was no "slight" clash. They were firing guns in the open. One guy looked like he had a long knife around the neck of a motorcycle taxi driver's throat. Then we cut away. Fate unknown.

    They are provoking the police and government to take action like last time to give them the excuse to escalate the situation.

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    Re: Shots fired at Don Mueang as PAD & taxi drivers clash, trouble also at Suvarnabhu

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Barrow View Post
    They are provoking the police and government to take action like last time to give them the excuse to escalate the situation.
    Certainly seems, despite the rhetoric, they want to fight the Police, government and anyone else that disagrees with them on the streets.
    Don't know if i am over reacting to the news reports but I think the government has very little option now than to call a state of emergency, put the military on the streets and impose a curfew before things escalate out of control.

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    Re: Shots fired at Don Mueang as PAD & taxi drivers clash, trouble also at Suvarnabhu

    I think best to continue a cat and mouse game as long as they dare to. Let's wear them down. They are only hurting themselves with these actions. They have already lost a lot of public support. Not so many people are wearing yellow shirts on Mondays these days because they don't want to be associated with the PAD. So much hate there.

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    Re: Shots fired at Don Mueang as PAD & taxi drivers clash, trouble also at Suvarnabhu

    Suvarnabhumi closed, Sondhi delivers ultimatum

    (BangkokPost.com) - The anti-government People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) on Tuesday evening announced that it will shut down Suvarnabhumi airport in an attempt to topple the government.

    At 9pm, the airport was ordered to halt its operation temporarily as the PAD demonstrators broke into the compound.

    Later, PAD leader Sondhi Limthongkul announced at the anti-government stage at Government House that Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat must resign without any condition.

    He then claimed that the government was guilty of the October 7 riot, which left two dead and almost 500 wounded.

    Mr Sondhi said the demonstrators will intensify their acts of 'civil disobedience' by closing down Thailand's international airport.

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    Re: Shots fired at Don Mueang as PAD & taxi drivers clash

    An anti-government protester opens fire on a group of government supporters from a truck that is blocking a highway leading to Bangkok's old airport, in this TV grab taken on November 25, 2008. Thai anti-government protesters blockading a highway leading to Bangkok's old airport opened fire on a group of government supporters on Tuesday. The footage, aired by public broadcaster TPBS, showed at least two security guards from the anti-government People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) firing half a dozen rounds from handguns at the government supporters.
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    Re: Shots fired at Don Mueang as PAD & taxi drivers clash

    It's difficult to see a way out at the moment. Violence spirals very easily in Thailand. PAD supporters have been murdered and I'm not entirely surprised to see the armed element among them coming to the fore. More red thugs to appear soon I should think. Thaksin is using increasingly aggressive language and is ready to fight and we know how the PAD leadership will respond.

    It's so depressing because the ordinary 'yellow shirts' and ordinary 'red shirts' are just the same people. In my office there are supporters of both, all very nice middle class people with similar backgrounds and aspirations. The idea that this is some kind of middle class Bangkok s v the rural masses battle is way way too simplistic. There were millions of voters in Isaan and the North who didn't vote for TRT or PPP. My wife's district in Ubon, along with others, have continued to return their Democrat MPs. The way that this conflict is described almost feeds upon itself though and I haven't even seen much decent commentary from the western media.

    The leadership on both sides are playing their own personal and political games, and putting ordinary people's lives on the line. I would love to see some of the more intelligent and moderate leaders on both sides of the divide stick two fingers up at their leaders, and get together in a way and thrash out a plan to pull Thailand forward.

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