THAI soldiers did not fire live bullets at anti-government protesters in violent clashes in the capital that left 19 people dead and over 800 injured, a government spokesman said on Sunday.
‘There were no live bullets fired at protesters,’ Panitan Wattanayagorn said in press conference shown on national television.
Fourteen civilians, including a Japanese TV cameraman, and five soldiers were killed in Saturday’s crackdown on red-shirted supporters of fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra in Bangkok, emergency services said.
‘Weapons were used only in self-defence and to fire into the air. We don’t find any evidence that soldiers used weapons against people,’ said Mr Panitan.