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Thai forces teargas protesters

BANGKOK, Apr 9 – Thai security forces used tear gas and water cannon on Friday against anti-government protesters who stormed a television station on the outskirts of Bangkok, an AFP reporter witnessed.

The authorities said about 12,000 demonstrators massed outside the broadcaster to try to put an anti-government TV channel back on air, triggering a tense standoff with thousands of security personnel.

Some of the protesters managed to force their way into the compound of Thaicom, which was protected by barbed wire.

The Red Shirt protesters have defied a state of emergency announced by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, vowing to keep up their almost month-long mass rallies in the Thai capital.

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