Thai students hurling home-made bombs and firing pistols attacked the Thamaset University in Bangkok on Wednesday (20 August) inflaming an already violent situation in the capital.
GV Students outside Thamaset University campus with temple in background
MV Policemen with radio and police on bikes (2 shots)
GV Plastic bomb exploding
GV PAN Student throwing plastic bomb
LV ZOOM IN Police on road to university and students
GV Students outside university (2 shots)
SV Police car
LV Fire burning on street
SV Police in car talking on radio
GV Students at gates and policemen at Parliament (2 shots)
GV Bomb exploding in street and students with temple in background
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Background: Thai students hurling home-made bombs and firing pistols attacked the Thamaset University in Bangkok on Wednesday (20 August) inflaming an already violent situation in the capital.
About 3,000 technical students were involved in the attack on the university which was later closed. Many of its building were damaged and windows shattered. Police stood by but did not intervene in the three-hour attack in order to avoid possible police-student clashes.
There was mor trouble in another part of the city which involved rioting policemen and their right-wing student allies. They attacked the house of Thai Prime Minister Kukrit Pramoj, smashing furniture and windows. Several people were injured in an exchange of gunfire. Several hundred policemen had been demonstrating for about four hours before the ransacking in a protest against what they called the takeover of "mob rule" in the country.
The violence by police and students was directed against militant leftist groups.
The clashes brought Thailand closer to the confrontation between Right and Left which it has avoided since the fall of the military regime nearly two years ago.
The Thai Army called for the imposition of a state of emergency but Prime Minister Pramoj said his five-month-old coalition government had been given an assembly mandate to run the country and would solve problems by democratic means.