Anti-government protesters take part in a rally in an area
protesters are occupying around the Government House in
Bangkok. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Two people were killed and at least 21 wounded in an
explosion near an anti-government protest site in the Thai
capital of Bangkok today, police say.
A doctor at a Bangkok emergency centre said the wounded had
been hit by shrapnel.
It was the most serious incident in long-running protests
since five people were killed and dozens wounded in clashes
on Feb. 18, when police made their most determined effort to
Protesters have been on Bangkok's streets since November
trying to bring down the government and there have been
regular small attacks and clashes.
Twenty-seven people have been killed and hundreds wounded
since the protests began, according to police and hospitals.
The protests are the latest phase in nearly 10 years of
hostility between the royalist establishment and ousted
former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
The army has a long record of intervening in politics but
military chiefs have stayed aloof from this crisis, insisting
that politicians must sort out the dispute.
However, street violence raises the possibility of military
intervention aimed at restoring order.