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Thailand clamps night curfew in 23 provinces

May 20, 2010

Thailand on Wednesday clamped night time curfew in capital Bangkok and 23 other provinces as the Army stormed a barricaded protest camp of the Red Shirts, with the protesters setting fire to around 20 buildings.

Earlier, downtown Bangkok became a raging battleground on Wednesday as the army stormed a barricaded protest camp and the Red Shirt leadership surrendered, enraging demonstrators who fire grenades and set fires that cloaked the skyline in a black haze.

Rioters set fires at the Thai stock exchange, several banks, the headquarters of the Metropolitan Electricity Authority, the high-end Central World shopping mall and a cinema complex that collapsed.
Five people were killed on Wednesday, including an Italian journalist in the army crackdown, taking the toll to 60 in the recent anti-government protest.

Three other foreign journalists and scores of Thais were wounded in the violence.

All Indian nationals in the country are reportedly safe. Bangkok is a favourite destination among Indian tourists and a small group from India continued to enjoy the city’s attractions though with caution, an Indian national who did not wish to be named said.

Rioters set fires at the Thai stock exchange, several banks, the headquarters of the Metropolitan Electricity Authority, the high-end Central World shopping mall and a cinema complex that collapsed.

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