Army bulks up in Lak Si

The army has sent more soldiers to secure the Lak Si intersection amid concerns about renewed violence after armed clashes on Saturday evening.

Deputy army spokesman Col Winthai Suwaree would not say how many troops were being sent to the clash area, only that more would be manning the site.

Six people were wounded when gunfire broke out between pro- and anti-government protesters who had taken up positions 500 metres apart near the Lak Si district office.

Voting in the district has been cancelled in any case as ballots could not be obtained from the protester-besieged district office.

Troops from the 11th Infantry Regiment are now in place amid worries about more clashes overnight as the election draws near, said Col Winthai.

The army has deployed about 5,000 soldiers from Army Region 1 to help the Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order to ensure safety on the polling day.

Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha has ordered soldiers from the 2nd Infantry Division of the King's Guard based in Prachin Buri to safeguard Bung Thonglang and Bung Kum districts in Bangkok.

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will cast her vote at the Khlong Lamchiek School polling station in Bung Kum.

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Discussion 1 : 02/02/2014 at 01:52 AM
That is called blackmail.
Discussion 2 : 02/02/2014 at 01:05 AM
To our armed forces and police, please protect the Thai citizens to they can exercise their right to vote for the leaders of their choice.
Discussion 3 : 02/02/2014 at 12:26 AM
Which Army, TS secret Army that is there for one purpose, to discredit the real Military in the name of the international press so don't be fooled by TS stunts.
Discussion 4 : 01/02/2014 at 10:15 PM
The Thaksin Regime was warned about violence if they continued to insist on an election. Of course Thaksin didn't listen.

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