BANGKOK — Five grenades exploded in the heart of Bangkok’s business district on Thursday evening, killing at least one person and wounding 75 as rival groups of protesters demonstrated and shouted insults at one another across a makeshift barricade.
The scene of the violence was quiet on Friday morning, with many banks and shops closed. Traffic was light and the normally busy sidewalks were mostly empty of vendors.
The explosions, several of which took place on the platform of an elevated train, scattered shrapnel through crowds that included foreign tourists, sending people fleeing in panic into shops and restaurants.
The attacks threatened to ignite wider violence after more than six weeks of protests that seek to bring down the government and force a new election.