Small explosions in the Thai capital have wounded several
anti-government protesters who have occupied the country's main
international airport and a domestic airport.
Authorities in Bangkok say unknown assailants threw grenades at
anti-government protesters at a domestic airport that protesters
occupied early Tuesday.
At least two people were wounded.
A small blast injured at least two protesters at the new international
airport early Wednesday. Other sources reported attacks
elsewhere in the city, resulting in an unknown number of injuries.
Hundreds of protesters stormed inside Thailand's new Suvarnabhumi
international airport's passenger terminal late Tuesday.
protesters are camped outside the airport, a gateway for millions of
passengers to and from the country.
The protest prompted authorities to suspend outgoing flights, leaving
about three thousand passengers stranded.REST OPT
Members of the People's Alliance for Democracy say their goal is to
shut the airport down until Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat resigns.
Protesters appear to be waiting for Mr. Somchai, who is scheduled to
arrive at the airport from an international summit in South America
(Asian Pacific Economic Conference). He is expected to arrive Wednesday
evening local time.
The airport siege followed a violent clash earlier Tuesday, during
which anti-government protesters chased down government supporters on a
major highway in the capital, Bangkok.
At least 11 people were wounded
during the street fight, some with gunshot wounds. Protests have become
increasingly violent over the past few days as
anti-government supporters make what they say is a "final push" to
remove Mr. Somchai from office.
The latest wave of protests began intensifying on Monday when
opposition supporters forced parliament to delay a session by blocking
access to the building. Protesters accuse Mr. Somchai of being a proxy
for Thaksin Shinawatra,
his brother-in-law, who was ousted in a military coup in 2006 for