25 killed in Bangkok streets; women, children evacuated

May 16, 2010 12:17


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Thailand's leader decided on Sunday to impose a curfew on the sprawling metropolis of more than 10 million people after three days of rolling street battles that have killed 25 people.

Prime Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva plans to send the Red Cross to the protest zone in order to evacuate women, children and the elderly.

Schools were ordered shut Monday due to the violence that has raged since a military operation began Thursday to seal off a 1-square-mile protest camp occupied for weeks by anti-government demonstrators demanding early elections.

Speaking on his weekly television program, Vejjajiva insisted that the military operation to quell protests was the answer in ending the country's two-month-long crisis.

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