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Hundreds of riot police attempted to clear out anti-government protest sites around Thailand's capital today, triggering clashes that left at least four people dead and dozens more injured.

The fighting took place near the prime minister's offices, where riot police had started to remove protesters and dismantle a makeshift stage. Witnesses said shots were fired by both sides. Police later withdrew.

"I think the government’s losing patience,” BBC correspondent Jonathan Head tells Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti. "It’s really run out of options to dislodge a movement that has very powerful backing."

Meantime, in another blow for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, the state anti-corruption agency accused her today of improperly handling an expensive rice subsidy scheme, putting her in jeopardy of being impeached.


  • Jonathan Head, southeast Asia correspondent for BBC News. He tweets @pakhead.

This segment aired on February 18, 2014.

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