Wednesday, February 19, 2014

25 hurt as Thai police remove protesters

In Thailand, 25 people have been wounded as police removed anti-government protesters in the capital, Bangkok.

Police were dispatched on Tuesday morning to 5 locations 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 25 people including police were being treated for injuries.

The police say they have detained more than 140 protesters including 2 senior leaders.

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

The government is poised 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.