Feb. 19 - Anti-government protesters gather outside Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's temporary office, a day after five people were killed in gun battles in Bangkok. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Protesters seeking to oust Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra rallied outside her temporary office on Wednesday (February 19), creating another potential flashpoint a day after five people were killed in gun battles in Bangkok. Tuesday's (February 18) clashes were some of the worst between protesters and security forces since the campaign to unseat Yingluck began in November. The Erawan Medical Center, which monitors Bangkok hospitals, said on Wednesday one police officer and four protesters had been killed and 65 wounded. The death toll had earlier been put at four. A security official said police would not attempt to retake more protest sites and would focus on protecting Yingluck, whose problems are mounting after an anti-corruption agency filed charges against her over a soured rice subsidy scheme. The protests are the latest installment of an eight-year political battle broadly pitting the Bangkok middle class and royalist establishment against the mostly rural supporters of Yingluck and her brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra. On Wednesday morning, protesters rallied and shouted in front of soldiers standing outside the Defence Ministry building where Yingluck has been working from.