Thai Protesters Storm TV Compound

Closed TV station reopened, police and protesters left peacefully
By Caroline Miller,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2010 10:10 AM CDT
Thai Protesters Storm TV Compound
Anti-government protesters cut the barbed wire to enter Thaicom teleport center's compound as Thai soldiers try to stop it in Pathum Thani, north of Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, April 9, 2010.    (Sakchai Lalit)

Thai anti-government protesters today stormed a telecom company compound where authorities had shut down their vital TV channel, as soldiers and riot police failed to hold them back with tear gas and water cannons. The "Red Shirt" protesters then negotiated with police to return People Channel to the air, and the security forces and protesters withdrew from the compound side by side, the AP reports.

The assault was another humiliating blow to the government in monthlong protests aimed at ousting PM Abhisit Vejjajiva and forcing new elections. At least 10 protesters and three security personnel were injured in the brief confrontation in a northern Bangkok suburb, the Nation newspaper said on its website. (More Thailand stories.)

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