Thai authorities fire over protesters near capital

Thai security forces and anti-government protesters faced off Wednesday on the outskirts of Bangkok, with troops firing in the air as they sought to keep the Red Shirts from expanding their demonstrations.
It was not immediately clear whether the troops were shooting live ammunition or rubber bullets or if anyone was wounded in the confrontation along a major road connecting Bangkok with its northern suburbs.
The Red Shirts, who have paralyzed parts of the capital with protests for weeks in their campaign to bring down a government they view as illegitimate, had announced that they were widening their demonstrations and dared the military to stop them as hundreds headed on motorbikes and pickup trucks to a planned rally in a suburb of the capital.
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