Thai soldiers have opened fire on a crowd of anti-government protesters in the centre of the capital, Bangkok, who fled before the bullets.
A BBC correspondent witnessed the lunchtime attack which came after a night of tension as troops cleared demonstrators blocking a road junction.
At least 70 people were injured in the earlier violence close to the landmark Victory Monument.
Tear gas and bullets were fired as stones and petrol bombs were thrown.
The military suddenly moved forward with a water cannon and a bus was set on fire, the BBC's Alastair Leithead reports.
Then the troops suddenly charged, opening fire with live rounds in the direction of the protesters.
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