Bangkok — Violence erupted on Saturday as dozens of opposition protesters attacked a bus and a taxi with pro-government supporters inside in separate incidents near the football stadium where the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship is gathering to rally in support of the Pheu Thai-led government.
“Dozens of anti-government protesters are attacking a bus with paving stones and other plastic chairs, there are people in the bus,” said an AFP photographer at the scene of the incident.
There were no immediate reports of injuries in the clashes.
Thousands of red-shirt pro-government supporters flocked into the capital today as anti-government protesters continued to escalate their efforts to overthrow the Pheu Thai-led government.
The anti-government protesters who took part in today’s violence appeared to be students from Ramkhamhaeng University where the red-shirt rally at Rajamangala Stadium is taking place.
Police intervened and were able to separate the two groups, deciding to erect barriers to keep them apart, said reports.
Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban has vowed the protesters will seize Government House and more ministries on Sunday, as weeks of protests continue to mount.
His aim is to make it impossible for the government to function, thus forcing it to step aside, said a Bangkok Post report.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said police would do their utmost to protect state property, and that the use of force would be a last resort.