Four dead, 103 injured in Thai protests

Four dead, 103 injured in Thai protests
Anti-government protesters shout slogans as riot policeman stand guard outside the headquarters of the ruling Puea Thai Party of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in Bangkok November 29, 2013.

THAILAND- Thai protesters armed with petrol bombs battled their way into the government's headquarters yesterday, AP reported.

Gunshots rang out in Bangkok and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra fled a police complex during the sharpest escalation yet of the country's latest crisis.

At least four people have been killed and 103 injured, according to police and the state's emergency medical services.

The protests, aimed at toppling the prime minister's administration, have renewed fears of prolonged instability in the Thai economy.

Yesterday marked the first time police have used force since demonstrations began a week ago - a strategy that many fear could trigger more bloodshed.

The deaths occurred at a Bangkok stadium where shooting was heard yesterday.

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