Soldier Dies in Bangkok Clash

Apparent Friendly-Fire Incident Adds Tensions as Opposition Shifts Tactics

BANGKOK—A Thai soldier was killed in an apparent friendly-fire incident and 18 other people were injured as thousands of troops and protesters faced off in a northern suburb of Bangkok Wednesday.

The latest clashes came as antigovernment "Red Shirt" protesters attempted to step up their seven-weekslong protest for new elections by moving out from their main encampment at the heart of Bangkok's biggest shopping district.

Their immediate target was to remove a military blockade put up to prevent more antigovernment protesters from flowing into the capital. The confrontation quickly turned violent as soldiers fired shots and tear-gas canisters into the ...

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