Wednesday 21 February 2018

Thailand's PM forced to flee as four killed in street clashes

David Eimer Bangkok

Thailand's prime minister was forced to flee crowds of anti-government protesters as clashes on the streets of Bangkok left four dead.

Police and troops fought running street battles with about 30,000 demonstrators, some of whom surrounded a police compound where Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was about to give interviews denouncing the violence.

As she fled with her bodyguard, the protesters stormed a state television station and other ministries, and attempted to break into her office at Government House.

Police defended the building with tear gas and water cannon, while demonstrators responded with stones, bottles and petrol bombs.

The protests yesterday followed an attempt by Ms Yingluck's ruling Pheu Thai party to pass an amnesty law that would have allowed the return from exile of her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra.

He was deposed as prime minister by a military coup in 2006 and fled into exile two years later to avoid corruption charges, which he claims were politically motivated. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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