Clashes in Bangkok Continue Despite Curfew

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BANGKOK, Thailand - Downtown Bangkok has been turned into a bloody, fiery battleground as Thai government troops forced a final violent showdown with militant protestors, Wednesday.

The clashes broke out even though a curfew is in place.

Armored personnel carriers crashed through several bamboo barricades, reclaiming most of the protest camps.

Some Red Shirt leaders have surrendered to the authorities.

"We have successfully pressured the terrorist leaders on stage to stop protesting and turn themselves in," Col. Sansern Kaewkamnerd said.

Militants among the Red Shirts continue to wreak havoc by setting establishments like bank buildings and shopping malls on fire.

The government made several attempts to negotiate, but each step was rejected as more demands were made by the Red Shirts.

They want Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to step down and call for new elections.

At this point, the government has given up on negotiations and is moving with force to save the city from further destruction.

The main commercial district has been paralyzed for two months and has been losing money every single day.

In the midst of the turmoil, pastor Maurice Lednicky with the International Christian Assembly said the Thai people are being shaken, and that includes their high regard for the king of Thailand.

"This upheaval we are believing will cause many people in Thailand to say the earthly sovereign cannot change this situation, but there is a God in heaven who is sovereign greater than any earthly power who can change this circumstance," Lednicky said.

Political analysts say that because of the political divide in the country, a deeper and longer conflict in Thailand is likely.

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