Bangkok burns after Thai protest leaders arrested

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BANGKOK (AP) - Parts of downtown Bangkok are in flames, after an army assault forced leaders of an anti-government protest to give themselves up to police.

Followers responded by firing grenades and setting fires at several buildings, including banks, the stock exchange and one of Asia's biggest shopping malls. There are reports of looting.

Firefighters had to retreat after protesters opened fire on them.

Four protesters and an Italian news photographer have died in the latest outbreak of violence.

The government has declared an overnight curfew, and says army operations will continue through the night.

There's also a partial media blackout on Bangkok TV stations, which have been told that they will have to broadcast programs prepared by the government.

Among the targets of the protesters' rage are media outlets that have been accused of pro-government coverage. The offices of a state-run TV station were set on fire, and the station's executives were evacuated by helicopter.

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