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Thai protesters prepare for ‘last stand’ against military

Anti-government protesters were preparing for their final stand in Thailand as thousands of troops encircled about 5,000 diehards still out on the streets.

By Thomas Bell in Bangkok
Last Updated: 6:40PM BST 13 Apr 2009

Red Shirt anti government demonstrators face off the army lines outside the Pattaya Exhibition and Convention Hall Photo: EPA

It followed a day of chaos in Bangkok as soldiers moved in to end the protests and demonstrators responded by setting fire to barricades at junctions around the capital.

Live rounds and tear gas were fired towards the crowds and demonstrators responded with petrol bombs and rigged buses with weighted pedals to drive unmanned towards ranks of security forces.

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