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Turbulent Thailand

Thai police resort to tear gas, arrest warrants against protesters

Leaders send people home as prime minister mulls curfew

Protesters were hosed by water cannons with blue dye during the latest major demonstration in Bangkok on Friday night.    © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Hundreds of riot police in tight formation pushed back thousands of peaceful demonstrators using shields in the heart of the Thai capital on Friday night. Water cannons, tear gas and waterborne irritants have also been deployed.

At 8 p.m., protest leaders told protesters to go home and to regroup at a future time, but a small number stayed back to skirmish.

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