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Turbulent Thailand

Thailand royalists and reformers clash amid parliament session

Police use water cannons and tear gas with rubber bullets in reserve

Pro-democracy protesters sheltered from water cannons behind a barricade outside parliament on Nov. 17.    © Reuters

BANGKOK -- After occasional skirmishes in recent months, yellow-shirted royalists clashed openly on Tuesday afternoon with pro-democracy protesters who had breached a razor wire barricade outside parliament, taking them to within 30 meters of the compound.

The two groups threw projectiles, including bottles and rocks, and one protester was injured when hit over the head with a plank. Police at one point use used water cannons to break the feuding groups apart.

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