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Battle in Bangkok as protesters call for PM's resignation

Street battles between protesters and police which started over the weekend in the Thai capital of Bangkok have intensified today.

The violence took place around key institutions - including the Parliament building and police headquarters - with officers using rubber bullets, water cannon and tear gas against the protesters.

Protest leaders are calling for a "people's council" to be set up to run the country, but Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said today that such a move would be undemocratic.

Drone footage shows violent clashes in Bangkok

Footage taken by a drone and posted on social media shows aerial views of the violent clashes between police and anti-government protesters in Bangkok yesterday.

Thai police are seen using water cannon and tear gas in an attempt to disperse the crowds, who are attempting to launch a "people's coup" on the government.

At least two people have died as a result of the violence.

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FCO advises Britons to avoid all protests in Bangkok

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised Britons to "avoid all protests, political gatherings and demonstrations", following violent protests in the Bang Kapi district of Bangkok.

Several people have reportedly been killed during street clashes as 30,000 protesters launched a "people's coup" on the Thai government.

An anti-government protester throws a tear gas canister towards police during clashes near the Government House in Bangkok. Credit: REUTERS/Athit Perawongmeth
Thai riot police at Government House in Bangkok. Credit: REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
An anti-government protester wearing national colours throws a rock during clashes with police. Credit: REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
An anti-government protester sprays an unknown substance over the barricade during clashes with police. Credit: REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Report: One killed after shots fired at Bangkok protest

One person is dead and five injured after shots were fired in the Thai capital Bangkok following a week of large anti-government demonstrations, the Associated Press reports citing a police source.

Chaos erupted in Bangkok's Ramkamhaeng area, where protesters armed with sticks attacked a bus and taxi and badly beat two people, police and witnesses told Reuters.

Anti-government protesters attacked motorcyclists and vehicles near a stadium rally by supporters of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Read: 1,000 Thai protesters 'break into army compound'

Thailand PM warns that protests threaten stability

Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has warned that the occupation of government buildings by protesters threatens the stability of the country, but said she would no use force against them.

A protester challenges police during an anti-government rally in Bangkok today Credit: REUTERS/Kerek Wongsa

Anti-government protesters forced their way inside the Finance Ministry and Foreign Ministry today in a bid to overthrow Shinawatra.

Anti-government protesters gather inside Thailand's Finance Ministry Credit: REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

They accuse her of being a puppet for her brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a 2006 military coup and convicted two years later of graft - charges he denies.

Anti-government protesters hold a rally in Bangkok Credit: REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom


Thai Airways blur plane logo after emergency landing

Staff sought to protect the reputation of Thai Airways this morning by blurring out its logo on the side of an aircraft following an emergency landing.

A Thai Airways Airbus 330-300 skidded off the runway while landing at Bangkok's main airport after its landing gear malfunctioned, the airline said. The flight from Guangzhou, China, was carrying 288 passengers and 14 crew members.

Airport staff works around a Thai Airways plane that skidded off the runway at Bangkok Airport. Credit: REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Thirteen people were injured while evacuating the plane. Following the incident, workers, using a crane, blacked out the Thai Airways logo on the tail and body of the aircraft.

Thai Airways official Smud Poom-On said that "blurring the logo" after an accident was a recommendation from Star Alliance known as the "crisis communication rule," meant to protect the image of both the airline and other members of Star Alliance.

The incident occurred less than two weeks after 20 passengers were injured when a Thai Airways Airbus A380 hit severe turbulence as it was descending to Hong Kong's airport.

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