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Chaos in Bangkok, Thailand

Posted on: April 14, 2010

The Red-shirts' Protest in BangkokThe quagmire in Thailand continues as the anti-government “red-shirts” maintains their strong opposition against Abhisit Vejjajiva, the Prime Minister of Thailand. The “red-shirts” claim that Vejjajiva, who is supported by the rich and business leaders, did not win any election to become the Prime Minister of Thailand. They are determined to see him leave office and have a new Prime Minister who will take office after a legitimate election has been held. On Saturday, April 10th, the “red-shirts” protested in the two major rally sites, demanding to oust Vejjajiva. In an attempt to retake the two areas, the government sent out police and other security forces. However, the “red-shirts” did not give in, instead, they decided to be violent. The situation became so out of hand that weapons and grenades were used. 21 people were killed during the clash, 800 were injured. According to the government’s Emergency Center, 195 people are still hospitalized and 14 of them are in intensive care. Vejjajiva expressed his sorrow for the deaths and injured in a speech later that night and promised to further investigate the causes of the deaths.

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