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Red Shirt protesters, military personnel clash at 1st Army Region headquarters, tear gas used

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BANGKOK, April 10 (TNA) – Anti-government ‘Red Shirt’ United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) protesters clashed with military personnel Saturday after the protesters marched to First Army Region headquarters, near the Royal Plaza, to enquire about warrants for the arrest of 24 UDD leaders after hearing that the army and police were preparing to end the demonstration on Rajdamnoen Avenue which began March 13.

At the main gate of the First Army Region headquarters, protesters led by Kwanchai Praipana confronted the military and scuffled while throwing water bottles and wood at the soldiers, who closed the gate and fired water cannon at them.

Soldiers later fired rubber bullets, tear gas and water at the defiant protesters who retreated on Rajdamnoen Avenue to their protest site at Phan Fa Bridge.

Army spokesman Col Sansern Kaewkamnerd told journalists that the military tanks and armoured personnel carriers (APCs) protesters reported moving toward the residence of Privy Council President Gen Prem Tinsulanonda near the army headquarters were dispatched to protect him.

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