Thai Protesters Trap Legislators
After a period of calm, events in Thailand are heating up again, with protestors renewing their push to unseat the government.
Thousands of anti-government protesters surrounded Parliament on Tuesday, trapping hundreds of legislators, cutting off power to the building and vowing to remain until the government falls.
Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat escaped over a back fence after delivering a policy address but other members were unable to leave, according to reporters inside the building.
The siege escalated a six-week sit-in on the grounds of the nearby prime minister’s office that has forced the government to relocate its activities to a former international airport.
Nearly 70 protesters were reportedly injuredwhen the police attacked the rally early Tuesday, firing tear gas and stun grenades. The protesters, some of whom were armed with sticks and machetes, threw back tear gas canisters and hurled rocks and firecrackers.