Bangkok, Dec 2 (): At least five people were killed and many injured in clashes between pro and anti-government protesters here on Sunday, as Thai police fired tear gas and water cannon to prevent protestors from attacking the Government House to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The attacks forced the prime minister to flee a police compound.
According to Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s Erawan Centre, a bus was put in fire and students were trapped at Ramkhamhaeng University in Bangkok north-east, while work of administration offices as well as some TV stations moved to new areas.
PM’s secretary said Yingluck spent the morning in meetings at a police complex but evacuated to an undisclosed location after more than a hundred protesters attempted to break into the compound.
Deputy Police Commissioner-General Veerapong Chiewpreecha said that five people, including a 21-year-old student and a government supporter, were killed inside the varsity. The week end has been very stormy in the Thai capital.
With clashes around the PM’s office at Government House continuing as night fell, the government advised residents to stay indoors overnight for their safety. Pracha Promnok, deputy Prime Minister went on the air Sunday night to announce that the government was still in control and to urge citizens to stay off the streets until 5:30 a.m. Monday local time.
Political instability has plagued Thailand since Yingluck’s brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, was military ousted in a 2006 coup. The latest disturbance began last month after a bid by Ms. Yingluck’s ruling Pheu Thai party to push a forgiveness law through Parliament that would have allowed the return of her self-exiled brother Thaksin, who was overthrown after being accused of corruption and abuse of power.
Mr. Thaksin lives in Dubai to avoid a two-year jail term for a corruption conviction he says was politically motivated. The Bill failed to pass the Upper House of Parliament.
The opposition states the government is deeply corrupt and still under the control of Yingluck’s brother Thaksin.