Several fires rage across Bangkok

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May 20, 2010 06:33

 
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BANGKOK— Buildings smoldered across central Bangkok early Thursday and troops exchanged sporadic fire with pockets of holdouts a day after the army routed anti-government protesters in a push to end Thailand's deadliest political violence in nearly 20 years.

The government quelled most of the violence in the battered Thai capital but not the underlying political divisions that caused it, and unrest spread to provinces in the north and northeast.

Although leaders of the Red Shirt demonstrators surrendered, sporadic clashes between troops and remaining protesters continued Thursday morning.

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