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.
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.
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.
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.
An anti-government protester sprays an unknown substance over the barricade during clashes with police. Credit: REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

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Thai Prime Minister dissolves parliament amid protests

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has dissolved parliament amid anti-government protests. She says elections will be held "as soon as possible". Protests are continuing to take place in Bangkok.