Over 100 Thai women, children leave rally site to take refuge in nearby temple

17:06, May 17, 2010      

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Over 100 women and children on Monday morning fled the rally site at Rajprasong Intersection to take refuge in the Pathumwanaram Temple nearby, the Nation newspaper website reported.

The temple has became crowded with the anti-government protesters, the heat prompted several toddlers to cry, the report said.

Several women said they wanted to return home, but they feared that they would be shot by troops.

In a related development, an unknown gunman on Monday morning fired at the 11th floor of Shinawatra 3 Building in central Bangkok, home to the office of the Thai PBS television.

Bullets pieced through a window and hit a desk, but no one was injured.

The death toll from a series of clashes between troops and "red- shirt" protesters over the past four days has risen to 35, according to the Erawan's Bangkok Emergency Medical Service Center Monday morning.

The Earawan centre said some 241 people others were wounded since fresh clashes broke out in Thai capital Bangkok on Thursday evening (May 13).

The clashes occurred as the Abhisit Vejjajiva-led Government decided to seal off the "red-shirt"-occupied Rajprasong area, where the protestors have been camped out since early April, demanding Abhisit to dissolve the lower house of parliament and hold snap election.

Source: Xinhua
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