Protests turn deadly in Thailand as police attempt to clear demonstrators

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An anti-government protester stands on a damaged police vehicle as he waves a Thai national flag after clashes with riot police officers in Bangkok

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Gunbattles broke out Tuesday as hundreds of riot police made their strongest attempt to clear anti-government protest sites around Thailand's capital, leaving at least four people dead and 64 others injured.

Multiple gunshots were heard near the prime minister's offices, where riot police wearing helmets and bulletproof vests had started to remove protesters and dismantle a makeshift stage. Witnesses said a grenade was thrown at the police and shots were then fired by both sides. The police withdrew after a series of clashes. (The Associated Press)