Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Central World, Siam Square, Siam Paragon, Centara Grand, Stock Exchange, Channel 3, and multiple banks are burning in Bangkok

Danny Cheng: "OH NO...... Central World on Fire...... Red-Shirt should STOP NOW!"

Heraldsun: "FIRES broke out at a major shopping centre, the Thai stock exchange and other locations in Bangkok after an army offensive that shut down a protest camp in the capital, a fire official said.

Blazes were reported at Central World, one of South-East Asia's largest shopping centres, as well as the Stock Exchange of Thailand, a branch of an electricity company, a television station and a bank, the official said.

The government announced a night-time curfew to deal with any "rogue protesters" who ignore a call by leaders of the anti-government Red Shirt movement to end their weeks-long rally in the heart of the capital.

The causes of the blazes were not clear but there were local media reports that some hardcore anti-government protesters had lit fires because they were unhappy with the Red Shirt leaders' decision to surrender.

Protest leaders surrendered and told supporters to go home after a deadly army assault on their fortified encampment.

A police spokesman said crack officers had been deployed with authorisation to shoot on sight anybody looting, committing arson or inciting unrest."

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