Jeeploads of police firing into the air Friday dispersed rioters after a second night of violence in Bangkok's Chinatown which left another nine people dead.
Jeeploads of police firing into the air Friday dispersed rioters after a second night of violence in Bangkok's Chinatown which left another nine people dead. On the first night five people died. One of the latest victims was a policeman. Scores of other people were wounded in street battles.
The bloodshed is the worst in the Thai capital since student riots which toppled the military Government of Prime Minister Thanon Kitti-kachorn last October. The latest violence erupted when hundreds of youths besieged a police station in Chinatown after a taxi driver was arrested for illegal parking.
Prime Minister Sanya Dharamasakti had ordered an extra 750 police into the Chinese sector and declared a state of emergency in the Bangkok area.
SYNOPSIS: Violence erupted in Bangkok's Chinatown on Thursday night for the second night in a row. Again the centre of trouble was a police station where a taxi driver was being held after his arrest for illegal parking.
Bus loads of youths descended on the police station to protest over the violence which followed a demonstration the night before. In the first clash five people were killed. Then the riots which followed claimed
The full extent of damage could be seen in the morning. Buses were burned, cars overturned and badly damaged. Many people were wounded. The Government has moved 750 extra police into Chinatown to counter expected further violence. A state of emergency had also been declared in Bangkok. The riots have been the most violent since las October when students on the rampage led to the downfall of Prime Minister Thanom Kittikachorn. So far the Government has resisted sending troops into the area, but if the troubles grow worse that will be the next stop.