I am sitting here in a two day intensive meeting of my organisation and updates are coming in.
It’s state of emergency in Bangkok again. Public transport workers have joined the demonstrations demanding for the prime minister to resign.
And public transport was a big problem for many of our colleagues this morning.
Fights are breaking up between Thaksin-Samak supporters and supporters of the People’s Alliance for Democracy.
As of 2.35 am, General Anupong Paojinda, the Commander of the Army said that he will send about four battalion of soldiers to assist the police in containing the crowd.
It is reported that at least 26 people are injured (as of records at two hospitals), and three have died.
All three are members of the Democratic Alliance Against Dictatorship (DAAD). Many more are injured at the scene.
It is believed that both sides are very well-armed, with sticks, knives, and etc. However, the PAD has been better armed as they have helmets, etc. and a particular unit in the PAD. The PAD has retreated back to the government house now.
From the interview made by the DAAD leader, it is expected that 4,000 more of government’s supporters will be coming in Bangkok from Udon Thani (strongheld of the People’s Power Party/ Thaksin).