Bangkok: Several hundred Red Shirt protesters
defied a state of emergency in the Thai capital to stage a
symbolic protest today, with hundreds of people sprawling on
the ground and chanting, "People died here!"
The demonstration at the city`s Democracy Monument was
peaceful, but it was the latest sign of simmering discontent
since the army cracked down May 19 to disperse a sprawling
anti-government protest camp and end 10 weeks of
demonstrations calling for early elections.
Rolling clashes between troops and Red Shirts killed 90
people, mostly protesters shot by soldiers and injured more
than 1,400 in the demonstrations` final weeks.
Two grenades have exploded in Bangkok over the past week,
killing one bystander and wounding 11. There have been no
claims of responsibility but both are presumed linked to
ongoing political tensions.
Thai Media reported today that an unexploded grenade was
found in a sewer on the grounds of the prime minister`s office
compound over the weekend.
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva`s government has kept a
state of emergency in place in Bangkok and nine other
provinces citing security concerns. The decree bans political
gatherings and allows heavy censoring of the media.