Radical protesters set Bangkok on fire

Bangkok has been set on fire by the radical anti-government United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) protesters.

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) Spokesperson, Tanom Onkatepol, made a press briefing on Wednesday at 17.00 hrs, stating riots and fire had been set at several venues in Bangkok. The fire trucks were reportedly unable to enter certain areas due to the barricades set by the protesters.

Mr Tanom stated the BMA had sought protection from the Center for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES). Security guards will be dispatched in order to pave way for the BMA officers with fire engines into the area.

Riots have been instigated throughout Bangkok today after the five UDD core figures have terminated the rally at Ratchaprasong Intersection and managed to surrender themselves to the authorities.

Several venues have been burnt including Siam Paragon and Siam Square, Centara Hotel, the Stock Exchange of Thailand, a building at Bonkai district, Bangkok Bank and Krung Thai Bank in Asoke district, the Office of the Narcotics Control Board and nearby 7-Eleven Store in Payathai district, Bangkok Bank and Government Savings Bank in Din Daeng district, Maleenon building, Bangkok Bank, Lotus Supermarket and the Metropolitan Electricity Authority Office in Klongtoey district, CentralWorld Shopping Plaza, as well as Bangkok Bank Victory Monument branch.