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In pictures: Bangkok clashes

Anti-government protesters fight a pro-government supporter (centre) in Bangkok

Violent clashes between pro and anti-government supporters in Thailand's capital, Bangkok, left many injured, and at least one dead.

Medics carry an injured pro-government supporter to a hospital in Bangkok

Dozens of people were injured, some of them from with gunshot wounds, during the fighting near the main government complex.

Pro-government supporters wield a sling and a knife near the government compound

The fighting began after supporters of Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej tried to retake the government compound, seized by the People's Alliance for Democracy.

Anti-government protesters in Bangkok

PAD supporters occupied the prime minister's office last week, vowing not to leave until Mr Samak resigned.

Anti-government protesters in Bangkok

They accuse Mr Samak's cabinet of corruption and of being a puppet of the exiled former Prime Minister, Thaksin Shinawatra.

A Thai pro-government protestor waves a national flag in front of riot police in Bangkok

The government retains strong support among the nation's rural poor, who have vowed to defend Mr Samak.

Pro-government supporters try to push through a  riot police cordon in Bangkok

Mr Samak declared a state of emergency after the clashes, empowering the military to restore order.



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