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Thailand clashes: Eyewitness account


Video of the clashes in Bangkok sent in by Paul, a witness

Nine people have been killed and 300 hurt in clashes in Thailand's capital, Bangkok, as troops tried to retake areas from anti-government protesters.

The army has now called for a truce, saying its troops have retreated. The protesters, who want the government to call new elections, have been camped out in parts of the city for a month.

Paul, who has been living in Thailand for five years, sent the above video and gave us this account of the clashes in Khao San Road in Bangkok:

"I just saw a red-shirt protester shot three feet from me. Through the chest. It happened at around 2030 local time. He was doing nothing but sitting on a pick-up truck across the road from the Khao San Road intersection and about 100m from Democracy Monument.

There were noises of shots, but I thought it was rubber bullets, so I stayed there.

The man was around 50 years old, and waving a flag from a pick up truck. His head was five feet above from the highest point of the truck.

Some people were tucked behind the truck. I started to film. Then I stopped when I heard the shots.

I looked around and saw the gentleman, he looked normal but then fell to the ground. People started coming towards him. It hit him directly on the chest.

I crouched as there were more shots and then I left. I think the army are firing live rounds on civilians. I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen it myself."

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