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An anti-government protestor lies on the ground Wednesday, May 19, 2010, in Bangkok, Thailand.  The circumstances of the death were unknown.  The body was left at a protest site which has been the scene of intense nightly gun fire has occurred.

An anti-government protestor lies on the ground Wednesday, May 19, 2010, in Bangkok, Thailand. The circumstances of the death were unknown. The body was left at a protest site which has been the scene of intense nightly gun fire has occurred.

Sakchai Lalit

Thai soldiers rush an anti-government barricade near Lumpini Park in downtown Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, May 19, 2010.

Thai soldiers rush an anti-government barricade near Lumpini Park in downtown Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, May 19, 2010.

David Longstreath

Thai soldiers take up positions across from an anti-government barricade

Thai soldiers take up positions across from an anti-government barricade

David Longstreath

An anti-government demonstrator takes off his clothes against Thai soldiers in downtown bangkok, Thailand, Friday, May 14, 2010.

An anti-government demonstrator takes off his clothes against Thai soldiers in downtown bangkok, Thailand, Friday, May 14, 2010.

Vincent Yu

Firemen douse a fire at a barricade of Lumpini Park put up by anti-government protesters in downtown Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, May 19, 2010. Thai troops opened fire Wednesday into the fortified encampment of anti-government protesters in downtown Bangkok, ramming armored vehicles into its tire-and-bamboo barricade in what appears to be a final crackdown after a week of deadly clashes.

Firemen douse a fire at a barricade of Lumpini Park put up by anti-government protesters in downtown Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, May 19, 2010. Thai troops opened fire Wednesday into the fortified encampment of anti-government protesters in downtown Bangkok, ramming armored vehicles into its tire-and-bamboo barricade in what appears to be a final crackdown after a week of deadly clashes.

Manish Swarup

Journalists lie down and take cover during a gun battle between Thai army and anti-government protesters at Lumpini park in downtown Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, May 19, 2010. Seven leaders of Thailand's Red Shirt protesters have surrendered to authorities after a deadly army assault on their fortified encampment.

Journalists lie down and take cover during a gun battle between Thai army and anti-government protesters at Lumpini park in downtown Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, May 19, 2010. Seven leaders of Thailand's Red Shirt protesters have surrendered to authorities after a deadly army assault on their fortified encampment.

Manish Swarup

An injured Thai soldier is carried away near a barricade created by anti-government protesters, Wednesday, May 19, 2010

An injured Thai soldier is carried away near a barricade created by anti-government protesters, Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Vincent Yu

The hand of a dead anti-government protestors is seen through red cloth Wednesday, May 19, 2010, in Lumpini Park near downtown Bangkok, Thailand.  The circumstances of the death were unknown.  The body was left at a protest site which has been the scene of intense nightly gunfire has occurred.  Thai soldiers continue to move on anti-government demonstrators in a crackdown that seeks to end the two month long standoff.

The hand of a dead anti-government protestors is seen through red cloth Wednesday, May 19, 2010, in Lumpini Park near downtown Bangkok, Thailand. The circumstances of the death were unknown. The body was left at a protest site which has been the scene of intense nightly gunfire has occurred. Thai soldiers continue to move on anti-government demonstrators in a crackdown that seeks to end the two month long standoff.

SAKCHAI LALIT

A red shirt anti-government protester fires a slingshot towards Thai security forces

A red shirt anti-government protester fires a slingshot towards Thai security forces

Firefighters work to control burning tyres set by Thai anti-government red shirt protesters on May 19, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand

Firefighters work to control burning tyres set by Thai anti-government red shirt protesters on May 19, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand

Athit Perawongmetha

Thai soldiers run behind armored personnel carriers near Lumpini Park in downtown Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, May 19, 2010.  (AP Photo/David Longstreath)

Thai soldiers run behind armored personnel carriers near Lumpini Park in downtown Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, May 19, 2010. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)

David Longstreath

Firemen douse a fire at a barricade of Lumpini Park put up by anti-government protesters in downtown Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, May 19, 2010. Thai troops opened fire Wednesday into the fortified encampment of anti-government protesters in downtown Bangkok, ramming armored vehicles into its tire-and-bamboo barricade in what appears to be a final crackdown after a week of deadly clashes. (AP Photo/ Manish Swarup)

Firemen douse a fire at a barricade of Lumpini Park put up by anti-government protesters in downtown Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, May 19, 2010. Thai troops opened fire Wednesday into the fortified encampment of anti-government protesters in downtown Bangkok, ramming armored vehicles into its tire-and-bamboo barricade in what appears to be a final crackdown after a week of deadly clashes. (AP Photo/ Manish Swarup)

Manish Swarup

An anti-government barricade is seen moments after being crushed by an armored personnel carrier at Lumpini Park in downtown Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, May 19, 2010. Two Thai armored vehicles have toppled the tire-and-bamboo barricade of an encampment where anti-protesters are holed up in downtown Bangkok. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)

An anti-government barricade is seen moments after being crushed by an armored personnel carrier at Lumpini Park in downtown Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, May 19, 2010. Two Thai armored vehicles have toppled the tire-and-bamboo barricade of an encampment where anti-protesters are holed up in downtown Bangkok. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)

David Longstreath

An anti-government protesters' barricade is crushed by an armored personnel carrier at Lumpini Park in downtown Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, May 19, 2010. Two Thai armored vehicles have toppled the tire-and-bamboo barricade of an encampment where anti-protesters are holed up in downtown Bangkok. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)

An anti-government protesters' barricade is crushed by an armored personnel carrier at Lumpini Park in downtown Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, May 19, 2010. Two Thai armored vehicles have toppled the tire-and-bamboo barricade of an encampment where anti-protesters are holed up in downtown Bangkok. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)

David Longstreath

A Thai armoured personnel carrier breaks down a barricade made by Anti-government protesters 'Red Shirt', on May 19, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand

A Thai armoured personnel carrier breaks down a barricade made by Anti-government protesters 'Red Shirt', on May 19, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand

Athit Perawongmetha

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 19:  A Thai armoured personnel carrier breaks down a barricade made by Anti-government protesters 'Red Shirt', on May 19, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for six consecutive days in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown.  (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 19: A Thai armoured personnel carrier breaks down a barricade made by Anti-government protesters 'Red Shirt', on May 19, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for six consecutive days in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

Athit Perawongmetha

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 19: Smoke rises from burning tyres near a hospital on May 19, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for six consecutive days in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown.  (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 19: Smoke rises from burning tyres near a hospital on May 19, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for six consecutive days in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

Athit Perawongmetha

Anti-government protesters on  Tuesday, May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand

Anti-government protesters on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand

Sakchai Lalit

A Thai anti-government red shirt protester hurls a large firecracker over a barricade

A Thai anti-government red shirt protester hurls a large firecracker over a barricade

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A Thai anti-government red shirt protester hurls a firecracker over a barricade during clashes on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand

A Thai anti-government red shirt protester hurls a firecracker over a barricade during clashes on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand

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BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18:  Rama 4 Road, a normally busy Bangkok street, is nearly devoid of traffic at rush hour on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Thai military has blockaded much of central Bangkok and protesters have set up their own barricades in parts on the city.Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Getty Images)

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18: Rama 4 Road, a normally busy Bangkok street, is nearly devoid of traffic at rush hour on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Thai military has blockaded much of central Bangkok and protesters have set up their own barricades in parts on the city.Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Getty Images)

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Thai police officers arrive at the edge of Victory Monument intersection to disperse protesters and remove a fire road block, Monday, May 17, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand's Red Shirts offered peace talks Monday to end raging street battles in Bangkok as a government deadline demanding the demonstrators vacate a protest zone passed without capitulation. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

Thai police officers arrive at the edge of Victory Monument intersection to disperse protesters and remove a fire road block, Monday, May 17, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand's Red Shirts offered peace talks Monday to end raging street battles in Bangkok as a government deadline demanding the demonstrators vacate a protest zone passed without capitulation. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

Wally Santana

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18:  A Thai anti-government red shirt protester lets out a sigh as he watches people move tyres to extend their barricade on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Getty Images)

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18: A Thai anti-government red shirt protester lets out a sigh as he watches people move tyres to extend their barricade on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Getty Images)

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BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18:  An anti-government red shirt protester holds home made explosives as he stands behind a barricade on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Getty Images)

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18: An anti-government red shirt protester holds home made explosives as he stands behind a barricade on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Getty Images)

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BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18:  An anti-government red shirt protester sprints past a barricade during clashes on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Getty Images)

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18: An anti-government red shirt protester sprints past a barricade during clashes on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Getty Images)

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BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18:  An anti-government red shirt protester kicks a tyre down the street to be used to extend their barricade on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Getty Images)

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18: An anti-government red shirt protester kicks a tyre down the street to be used to extend their barricade on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Getty Images)

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BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18:  Thai anti-government red shirt protesters rest near the stage of their main rally site on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Getty Images)

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18: Thai anti-government red shirt protesters rest near the stage of their main rally site on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Getty Images)

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BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY17: A Red shirt protesters throws a molotov cocktail into flames May 17, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. So far in clashes atleast 260 have been injured and over 37 killed as the  military and the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for two months. There is a state of emergency in effect that spreads to 17 provinces in the country. The Thai army declared certain protest areas where clashes are taking place a "Live Fire Zone".  (Photo by Paula Bronstein /Getty Images)

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY17: A Red shirt protesters throws a molotov cocktail into flames May 17, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. So far in clashes atleast 260 have been injured and over 37 killed as the military and the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for two months. There is a state of emergency in effect that spreads to 17 provinces in the country. The Thai army declared certain protest areas where clashes are taking place a "Live Fire Zone". (Photo by Paula Bronstein /Getty Images)

Paula Bronstein

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18:  An anti-government red shirt protester throws a molotov cocktail on to burning tyres on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown.  (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18: An anti-government red shirt protester throws a molotov cocktail on to burning tyres on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

Athit Perawongmetha

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18:  Firefighters work to control a blaze started by anti-government red shirt protesters on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive days in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown.  (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18: Firefighters work to control a blaze started by anti-government red shirt protesters on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive days in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

Athit Perawongmetha

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18:  Firefighters work to control a blaze set by Thai anti-government red shirt protesters on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18: Firefighters work to control a blaze set by Thai anti-government red shirt protesters on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Paula Bronstein

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 19:  Thai Security forces take cover behind a thai armoured personnel during a clash with protesters on May 19, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for six consecutive days in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown.  (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 19: Thai Security forces take cover behind a thai armoured personnel during a clash with protesters on May 19, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for six consecutive days in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

Athit Perawongmetha

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 19:  A Thai armoured personnel carrier (APC) is seen on May 19, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for six consecutive days in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown.  (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 19: A Thai armoured personnel carrier (APC) is seen on May 19, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for six consecutive days in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

Athit Perawongmetha

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 19:  Thai Security forces take cover behind a thai armoured personnel during a clash with protesters on May 19, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for six consecutive days in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown.  (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 19: Thai Security forces take cover behind a thai armoured personnel during a clash with protesters on May 19, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for six consecutive days in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

Athit Perawongmetha

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 19:  Thai Security forces take position during a clash with protesters on May 19, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for six consecutive days in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown.  (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 19: Thai Security forces take position during a clash with protesters on May 19, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for six consecutive days in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

Athit Perawongmetha

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 19: Thai Security forces take position during a clash with protesters on May 19, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for six consecutive days in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown.  (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 19: Thai Security forces take position during a clash with protesters on May 19, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for six consecutive days in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

Athit Perawongmetha

A red shirt anti-government protester fires a slingshot towards Thai security forces

A red shirt anti-government protester fires a slingshot towards Thai security forces

Athit Perawongmetha

An anti-government red shirt protester

An anti-government red shirt protester

Athit Perawongmetha

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18:  An  anti-government red shirt protester walks past burning tyres on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown.  (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18: An anti-government red shirt protester walks past burning tyres on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

Athit Perawongmetha

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18:  An anti-government red shirt protester runs across burning tires on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown.  (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18: An anti-government red shirt protester runs across burning tires on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

Athit Perawongmetha

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18:  An anti-government red shirt protester fires a slingshot towards Thai security forces on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown.  (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18: An anti-government red shirt protester fires a slingshot towards Thai security forces on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

Athit Perawongmetha

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18:  Anti-government red shirt protesters take cover behind a fence on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown.  (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18: Anti-government red shirt protesters take cover behind a fence on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)

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BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18:  Thai anti-government red shirt protesters place more tyres on a fire as they extend their barricade on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Getty Images)

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18: Thai anti-government red shirt protesters place more tyres on a fire as they extend their barricade on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Getty Images)

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BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18:  Anti-government red shirt protesters look over a barricade towards a military position as their fellow protesters attempt to return an oil truck to a nearby petrol station on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Getty Images)

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18: Anti-government red shirt protesters look over a barricade towards a military position as their fellow protesters attempt to return an oil truck to a nearby petrol station on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Getty Images)

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BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18:  A Thai anti-government red shirt protester wears a Buddha amulet while manning a barricade on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Getty Images)

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 18: A Thai anti-government red shirt protester wears a Buddha amulet while manning a barricade on May 18, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters have clashed with military forces for five consecutive day in Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for more than two months. Despite calls from the United Nations for both sides to begin talks, anti-government protesters in Bangkok have defied orders to leave their fortified camp, with 37 people having died and more than 260 injured since the military began its crackdown. (Photo by Getty Images)

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An anti-government protestor lies on the ground Wednesday, May 19, 2010, in Bangkok, Thailand. The circumstances of the death were unknown. The body was left at a protest site which has been the scene of intense nightly gun fire has occurred.

Central Bangkok became a raging battleground today as the army stormed a barricaded protest camp and the Red Shirt leadership surrendered, enraging demonstrators who fired grenades and started fires that cloaked the skyline in a black haze.



Rioters set fires at the Thai stock exchange, several banks, the headquarters of the Metropolitan Electricity Authority, the high-end Central World shopping centre and a cinema complex that collapsed.

The Thai government declared a curfew in Bangkok from 8pm until 6am. An announcement signed by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and broadcast on television banned anyone from leaving home during those times without permission from authorities.

At least two protesters and an Italian news photographer were killed in today's army crackdown. Three other foreign journalists and 15 Thais were wounded in the fighting.

The chaotic end to the Red Shirt campaign is certain to deal a heavy blow to the economy and tourism industry of Thailand, a key US ally and long considered one of the more stable economies of Southeast Asia. The Red Shirts are demanding the ousting of Mr Abhisit's government, the dissolution of Parliament and new elections.

The Red Shirt protest leadership surrendered to authorities this afternoon and the army declared itself in full control, but fresh violence soon erupted across central Bangkok and unrest boiled over in the northeastern countryside, where the protests draw many of their mostly poor, rural supporters.

Protesters also turned their rage on the local media, which they have accused of biased coverage toward the government. Groups of rioters attacked the offices of state-run Channel 3 TV, where they set fires to cars parked outside, punctured water pipes that caused flooding and entered the building.

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The English-language Bangkok Post newspaper evacuated its staff after threats from the Red Shirts. A large office building down the street from the Post was set on fire.

"At Channel 3 need urgent help from police, soldiers!!!" tweeted news anchor Patcharasri Benjamasa. "News cars were smashed and they are about to invade the building."

Less than an hour later, Channel 3 stopped broadcasting.

Cabinet minister Satit Vongnongteay described the chaos as anticipated "aftershocks"@

"There are violent-prone protesters who remain angry," Mr Satit told a news conference.

Surreal scenes of warfare erupted soon after dawn in one of the ritziest parts of the capital, a city of 10 million people, as troops armed with M-16s converged on the central business district.

At least 42 people have been killed, most of them civilians, in a week of violence in Bangkok as a military attempt to blockade the protesters - who had camped in a 1-square-mile tourism and shopping district for more than four weeks - instead touched off street fighting, with soldiers firing on protesters who fought back mostly with homemade weapons.

This afternoon, seven top Red Shirt leaders turned themselves in, saying they cannot see their supporters being killed anymore.

"Brothers and sisters, I'm sorry I cannot see you off the way I welcomed you all when you arrived here. But please be assured that our hearts will always be with you," Nattawut Saikua, a key leader, said as he was being arrested.

"Please return home," he said.

Government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn declared the first stage of the army operation to secure the area around Lumpini Park successful.

But the advance was stalled by sniper fire from Red Shirts, Associated Press journalists saw. Bullets flew overhead and several grenades exploded near the soldiers, forcing them to pull back and take cover briefly before pushing forward. A Canadian freelance reporter was injured by grenade shrapnel. Two other journalists were wounded earlier, one Dutch man and an American documentary filmmaker.

By mid-afternoon, the army announced it had gained control of the protest zone and the operations had ended - nine hours after troops launched the pre-dawn assault.

"Police officers and soldiers have now stopped their operation," army spokesman Colonel Sansern Kawekamnerd said.

Despite the army statement and the surrender by the leaders, many enraged Red Shirt protesters refused to give up.

Rioting spread to other previously unaffected areas of Bangkok and the northeast of the country. A high-end shopping mall, Central World, was set on fire and smoke was seen rising from several places in the capital.

There were also reports that the Red Shirts had set fire to government offices in the northeastern province Udon Thani and vandalised a city hall in Khon Kaen, also in the northeast. Udon Thani's governor asked the military to intervene. TV images showed troops retreating after being attacked by mobs in Ubon Ratchathani.




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