On Sunday, April 12, 2009 Thailand Prime Minister Abhisit Veijajiva declared a state of emergency in Bangkok after red shirt UDD protesters stormed an Asean economic summit in Pattaya, causing the 10 Asean heads of state plus those from six regional dialogue partners to flee and the 14th Asean Summit to be postponed (See: Thailand Prime Minister dead man walking as Asean leaders flee Pattaya).
With the Thai military now on the street red shirt protesters extended their blockade of Government House blocking road intersections with government buses and erecting blockades at others. At one point an army tank rammed several taxis blocking an intersection but withdrew as protesters rallied. Late in the evening the first casualties began to arrive as the result of clashes with unidentified groups of people.
© John Le Fevre, 2009
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