20 people were killed and 76 other wounded after two nights of rioting in Bangkok's Chinese district.
No shot list available
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: 20 people were killed and 76 other wounded after two nights of rioting in Bangkok's Chinese district.
The rioting broke out late on Wednesday night (3 July) when police arrested a taxi driver and a mob tried to free him. 6 people were killed and another 14 were injured in the ensuing battle.
Violence erupted again on thursday night (4 July) when two busloads of youths arrived at the police station and tried to ???or it in retaliation for the previous night's killings. ???yewitnesses said police manning widows shot back as the rioters advanced firing guns, hurling rocks and setting fire to vehicles.
As the rioting continued, Thai Prime Minister Sanya Dharmasakti declared a state of Emergency in the Bangkok area and sent about 750 extra police into the capital's turbulent China Town.
The latest violence is the worst between government forces and rioting youths since last October, when the country's former military government who toppled by bloody student demonstrations.
In China town today (Friday, 5 July), there was an atmosphere of tense quiet. Troops, operating under the state of emergency decree, were placed at key points in the city.