Bangkok, May 14, 2010

Government soldier looks for snipers, Rama IV, BangkokGovernment soldier looks for snipers on Thanon Rama IV, Bangkok

Today government soldiers clashed with anti-government 'red shirt' protesters in several parts of Bangkok, including my neighbourhood, the Silom/Rama IV area. The following are a few images from the clashes, which as I write this at 6.30pm, have yet to cease. For details, go here.

Red shirt protesters taunt soldiers, Rama IV, Bangkok Anti-government 'red shirt' protesters taunt soldiers, Rama IV, Bangkok

Locals watching the conflict on Rama IV, Bangkok Locals cautiously watching the conflict unfolding on Rama IV, Bangkok

Red shirt protesters on Rama IV, Bangkok Red shirt protesters stand their ground on Rama IV, Bangkok

Red shirt protesters taunt soldiers, Rama IV, Bangkok Red shirt protesters taunt soldiers, Rama IV, Bangkok

Soldiers prepare to fire on red shirt protesters, Rama IV, Bangkok Soldiers prepare to fire on red shirt protesters, Rama IV, Bangkok

Red shirt protesters taunt soldiers, Rama IV, Bangkok Red shirt protesters taunt soldiers on Thanon Rama IV

A confrontation between red shirt protesters and government soldiers along Rama IV, Bangkok A violent confrontation between red shirt protesters and government soldiers along Rama IV

Soldiers preparing to fire at red shirt protesters, Rama IV, Bangkok Soldiers preparing to fire at red shirt protesters on Thanon Rama IV

Soldiers firing at protesters, Rama IV, Bangkok Soldiers firing an alleged mixture of rubber bullets, blanks and real bullets at protesters, Thanon Rama IV

Captured red shirt protesters near Lumphini Boxing Statdium, Bangkok Captured red shirt protesters near Lumphini Boxing Statdium, Bangkok

Soldiers unrolling barbed wire along Rama IV, Bangkok Soldiers unrolling barbed wire along Rama IV, Bangkok. Smoking tires can be seen in the background.

Locals look at burning tires on a bridge near Thanon Silom, Bangkok Locals look at burning tires on a bridge near Thanon Silom