The Thai Army stormed with armed vehicles inside the barricades of the protesters in central Bangkok firing M-16 rifles at fleeing protesters and shouted, “Come out and surrender or we"ll kill you."
An Associated Press journalist saw the two bodies of protesters sprawled on the ground making them the first known casualty in the assault began with the dawn Wednesday, May 19. Reports suggests that opposition leaders have escaped and government is on a look out for them through information from the protesters.
The government told the protesters that they will be taken safely out of this battle if they agree to surrender. Government spokesperson Panitan Wattanayagorn went on national television four hours after the crackdown began and said, “We would like to reassure the citizens of Bangkok that the operations are designed to make sure we stabilize the area."
This army operation came after weeks of protest against the oust the government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. The chaos which started last week has killed at least 39, most of them civilians.
The Bangkok city which is known as popular holiday day spot in the world with this struggle has once again raised doubts over the peace and stability in Southeast Asia.