15 killed in Bangkok protests

Fifteen people were killed in Bangkok Saturday during a protest. The protest contained clashes between anti-government protesters and Thai police and military forces, according to emergency officials.

The Erawan Emergency Center said of the fifteen killed, 11 were civilians and four were military. At least 486 people were injured, the center said.

CNN reported that the protesters, known as the "Red Shirts," displayed bodies of two people, who they said were killed by live rounds fired by the troops.

"The government is so bad," said Samran Wangngam, who said he was the father of one of the protesters killed. "Why are they so cruel? How can they do this to my son?"

A spokesmen for the Royal Thai Army, Col. Sansern Kawekamnerd, said in a news conference that the security forces fired real bullets only into the air to scare away protesters. Kawekamnerd said the demonstrators fired real bullets at the security forces and that many security officers were injured.

The protesters were rallying for weeks to demand new elections. They are seeking to oust Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, who they say was not democratically elected.

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