Bangkok — (UPDATE) Red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship leaders have decided to end their mass rally at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium after five people were killed and dozens injured in running street battles with university students Saturday evening and Sunday morning.
Red-shirt leader Jatuporn Promphan said four red supporters and one Ramkamhaeng student were killed in the clashes, which involved thousands of people on both sides of the conflict.
He announced to the crowd at the stadium that the rally was ended and for the supporters to go home, in order to avoid further confrontations and loss of life.
Thida Thavornseth, another red leader, told the crowd, “In order to avoid further complicating the situation for the government, we have decided to let people return home”, said a report.
Chaotic clashes between anti-government students and pro-government red-shirt supporters erupted repeatedly from Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning, some involving gunfire.
Red shirts from the provinces had flocked into the city Saturday in response to a call from their leaders, who had declared they would not end their rally until the mounting anti-government protests in Bangkok ended.
Authorities also announced that from today 2,730 soldiers from the army, navy and air force would be deployed on the streets of Bangkok to reinforce security.