23 Jun '11, 11am

Showdown at Ratchaprasong — The Straits Times Blogs - - Soldiers never reached Rachprasong? #Suthep

Showdown at Ratchaprasong — The Straits Times Blogs - - Soldiers never reached Rachprasong? #Suthep

Some outlying barricades in the area had been torched already, the dense black smoke from burning bamboo and tyres rolling across the city centre. Red shirts scanned high buildings with binoculars looking for snipers. Soldiers began the assault by firing over and through the barricades into the protest zone. Red shirts responded with slingshots firing ball bearings and 'ping pong ball bombs' and some gunfire from handguns and a few assault rifles. At one point later in the morning, red shirt paramilitary guards and possibly the mysterious ‘’men in black’’ fighters who have been supporting the reds, fired M79 grenades at troops. Explosions thudded and the whiplash-like crack of M16 assault rifles echoed through leafy Lumpini Park, which had been contested between the army and the reds since they occupied Ratchaprasong on April 3. At 9am the first red shirt casualty was brou...

Full article: http://blogs.straitstimes.com/2010/5/20/the-empire-strike...

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