The situation escalated last night, as Thai troops begin to clear key parts of Bangkok occupied by gangs of red-shirted protesters. Bangkok remains under a state of emergency, as declared yesterday by the Thai Prime Minister. Early this morning Thai troops charged at violent red-shirted anti-government protesters, situated at a major road junction near Victory Monument. Heavily armed Thai troops swiftly regained control of the key intersection at Din Daeng. So far, at least 77 Thais are reported to be injured. All this coincides with the beginning of Songkran (Thai New Year), which is extremely sad for Thailand.
The full report with a video is covered by BBC NEWS
The Thai conflict in pictures is covered by BBC NEWS
DAVES RAVES – The Thai government are requesting that the public co-operate and remain calm during this state of emergency. I strongly urge that you “DO NOT” wear red, or yellow polo shirts during this very serious situation. However, the naughty nightlife areas in Bangkok and also Pattaya are relatively unaffected. The bars and go-go bars will naturally be quieter, but Bangkok’s nightlife is operating as normal.