MoxNews- Fear Of Civil War In ThailandSubmitted by meekandmild on Fri, 05/14/2010 - 19:46
Bangkok battle: Troops fire on rioting protesters
ANGKOK – Soldiers opened fire on anti-government protesters who battled them with firebombs and homemade rockets Friday in a second straight day of escalating violence as troops tried to clear the rioters from the streets of downtown Bangkok.
The clashes have killed 10 people and wounded 125, including two soldiers, the government said. The troops used tear gas, rubber bullets and live rounds on demonstrators, who set fire to tires and a police bus.
Explosions echoed through streets emptied of shoppers and tourists, plumes of black smoke rose amid skyscrapers and hotels, and the deteriorating security raised concerns that Thailand — a key U.S. ally with Southeast Asia's second-largest economy — was teetering toward instability because of the two-month political crisis.