Tuesday, February 18, 2014

2 die as Thai police remove protesters

Attempts to clear out protest camps in Bangkok have resulted in clashes between riot police and anti-government demonstrators, leaving 2 people dead.

Police were dispatched on Tuesday morning to 5 locations in the Thai capital, including the Government House and the Energy Ministry.

Forces fired teargas outside the Government House to disperse protesters and used power shovels to remove tents. Emergency rescue workers said one protestor and a police officer died, and that 60 others including police were being treated for injuries.

Police say they've detained more than 140 protesters including 2 senior leaders.

The demonstrators have been occupying key intersections and blocking access to government buildings, demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

The government is set to remove all the protesters this week.

Yingluck's administration has been stepping up pressure on the demonstrators as their numbers have been declining after a general election on February 2nd.