At dawn on May 19, armored personnel carriers and hundreds of Thai soldiers breached barricades set up by supporters of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship—the UDD, or Red Shirts, who had occupied the main upscale shopping and hotel district of Ratchaprasong in Bangkok since April 3. Seven Red Shirt leaders surrendered after hours of skirmishing that left four protestors and one Italian photographer dead, according to an Associated Press report. But Red Shirt supporters ...

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