We would like to update our readers on the latest developments in Bangkok regarding the ongoing anti-government protests –
This afternoon, a large group of red shirt demonstrators on motorbikes and pick up trucks made their way to Talad Thai.
Troops were set up on the way to stop them. Once the 2 groups faced each other, the situation escalated. The red shirts threw stones while the soldiers fired warning shoots as well as rubber bullets.
16 people were injured, 2 of them has been badly injured and 1 soldier died. Finally, one of the red shirt leaders advised the convoy to return to their rally base.
The red shirt protesters continue their sit-in protest around Ratchaprasong intersection where traffic is blocked and access is limited to major department stores. Hotels located in Ratchaprasong are closed including Holiday Inn, Four Seasons, Hyatt Erawan and Intercontinental. Department stores in the Siam Square area are also closed.
Some red-shirt protesters are also demonstrating at Sala Daeng Intersection near the Lumpini Park and King Rama VI statute area but these are peaceful protests.
The BTS (sky train) is operating on all stations today from 6.00am until 8.00pm. MRT operates its service as per normal except Silom Station closes at 7.00 PM
All tourist attractions around the capital are operating as normal.