2010 protests: Fiery rage hits Bangkok

Black smoke from burning tyres in front of Lumpini Tower on Rama 4

Black smoke from burning tyres in front of Lumpini Tower on Rama 4. Photo: Takeaway.

Arsonists, rioters and shooters wreaked havoc in many areas of Bangkok on Wednesday after red shirt leaders announced an end of their 45-day protests at the Rajprasong shopping area.

The government’s Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) imposed curfew between 8 am and 6 am in Bangkok and other provinces where the state of emergency had been announced.

At least 29 places in the city became targets of arsonist attacks, more than 10 of the Bangkok Bank branches, according to Thanom Onketphon, an adviser to the Bangkok governor. Most of the targeted buildings are located near the protest site or not far from where red shirts had gathered, such as the Victory Monument, Din Daeng Delta and the Bon Kai community.

Among the worst hit were the Central World and Zen shopping complexes, which are located just next to the protest site, and the nearby Siam movie theatre in the Siam Square area, he said. Shots were fired at firefighters while they were trying to extinguish the blaze. But there were no reports of injuries among the firefighters.

At least 15 people, including one foreign reporter, were reported to be killed in mayhem on Wednesday.

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