Thai police have fired teargas and rubber bullets at anti-government protesters in the capital Bangkok after demonstrators tried to disrupt planning for a February election.
A police officer has been shot dead in Bangkok, Thailand, during clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters, AFP reports.
Jongjet Aoajenpong, director of the Police General Hospital where the officer was taken for treatment told the news agency: "He was shot in his chest and brought to hospital by helicopter.
"A team of doctors tried to resuscitate him for more than half an hour."
Violence broke out after protesters tried to force their way into a sports stadium in the capital, where representatives from around 30 political parties were gathered to register for February elections.
Tens of thousands of anti-government protesters have gathered outside Government House in Bangkok calling for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her administration to resign.
Some protesters climbed the fences but the gathering appeared to be mostly peaceful.
Yingluck said on Saturday the police would act with restraint if people tried to occupy public buildings, including their main target, her Government House offices.
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.
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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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.
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.
About 1,000 anti-Government protesters have broken into the compound of the Royal Thai Army headquarters, according to Reuters.
It marks the latest escalation in a demonstration seeking to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.
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.
Anti-government protesters forced their way inside the Finance Ministry and Foreign Ministry today in a bid to overthrow Shinawatra.
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.
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.
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.