Nearly 19 dead, over 800 injured:
Protesters defiant after Bangkok clashes
THAILAND: Demonstrators on Sunday vowed to remain on the
streets of the Thai Capital and bring down the Government, the day after
the country’s worst political violence in nearly two decades.
Despite the clashes between the army and “Red Shirt” protesters,
which left 19 people dead and over 800 injured, the supporters of
fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra said they would continue to
occupy key areas of Bangkok.
“Our people will make shifts or take turns coming. More people will
come in the afternoon. We were scared, but we are ready to accept
whatever will happen,” said 61-year-old Red Shirt supporter Sivalai
Nakar. Some 2,000 Red Shirt demonstrators camped around a stage in
Bangkok’s old quarter early Sunday, a considerably thinner crowd than
the previous day when the group fought with Thai troops.
“I will stay until we win. I never thought that the government who
claimed that they’re legitimate would kill people like that.
It shows that they’re dictators,” said Chinawat Haboonpad, 56, a Red
A video screen showed thousands of protesters at the Reds’ other main
rally site, in the Thai capital’s main commercial district, which they
have occupied for eight days in an attempt to pressure the government to
resign. Bangkok, Sunday, AFP