Thai gov't declares success in army operation against red-shirts protestors

13:33, May 19, 2010      

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The Thai government declared on Wednesday success in the army's operation against red-shirted protestors, while one of the protestors' core leaders vowed to fight on.

A Thai government spokesman also said some of red-shirted leaders had fled the protest site.

However, one of the red-shirtd core leaders, Nutthawut Saikua, appeared at the center stage of the rally site Ratchaprasong before noon, saying he had not fled and would go on fighting there.

The troops early Wednesday morning began to push forward toward Ratchaprasong to disperse the protesters there.

Just before noon, the Erawan Emergency Medical Center confirmed that four people had died from the clashes, including one foreigner. Media reports identified the foreigner as an Italian reporter.

A reporter in the field earlier saw two bodies lying on the road near Chulalongkorn University, apparently shot dead.

Source: Xinhua

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