Bangkok Protests, Gunshots have been reported in the Thai capital as clashes between thousands of protesters turned violent. While anti-government activists call for the removal of the Prime Minister, proponents took to the streets to “protect democracy.”
One person was shot dead and at least 10 wounded in the outbreak of violence which took place between rival parties near a Bangkok stadium, according to hospital staff. Thousands of Red Shirt supporters of current Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had been staging a rally at the venue.
The shooting occurred after anti-government protesters waylaid and attacked several people who they had believed to be heading to the gathering, reported AP.
At least five people received gunshot wounds and five others were injured by knives or rocks, according to officials at both the nearby Ramkamhaeng Hospital and the Dr Panya General Hospital who spoke to Reuters.
Earlier on Saturday, anti-government activists, or so-called Yellow Shirts, attempted to force entry into the Government House in Bangkok.
Protesters also attacked a bus near a pro-government rally, reported AFP.