Reds, Yellows clash UPDATE pix

BANGKOK - Yellow-shirt and red-shirt supporters on Tuesday confronted and taunted each other outside the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) offices on Phahon Yothin road.

The rival protesters gathered after police summoned for questioning a former female teacher who publicly accused red-shirt key supporter Darunee Kritbunyalai of defaming the royal institution last month.

Bangkok Post reporter Voranai Vanijaka, who was at the rally scene, said there were nearly 200 red-shirts and about 50 yellow-shirts gathering outside the compound. Many of them appeared to be over 40 years old.

He said the red-shirts were waving flags, showing middle fingers and taunting continually, while the outnumbered opposition looked nervous and scared.

At times, the red-shirt protesters tried to cross to the yellow-shirt's side, but then retreated.

The reporter said there were no weapons. Both sides were throwing plastic bottles at each other. An older yellow-shirt woman was reported to be swinging an umbrella at her opponents.

Police tried to calm down the situation by urging them to go home and saying "We are all Thais". No arrests were made.

Most of the yellow-shirts later retreated to Central Lad Phrao and Tesco Lotus on Phahon Yothin road, as the red-shirts continued to dominate the rally area outside the CSD.


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