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At least four people were injured in Ramkhamhaeng University Saturday evening after gunshots were heard. The drama was thought to be related to clashes earlier with red-shirts from the nearby Rajamangala Stadium.
The Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) has announced the closure of Ramkhamhaeng Road from Ramkhamhaeng to Lam Sali Intersection, after violence in the area.
Earlier, in the afternoon, dozens of protesters in an anti-red shirt rally, harassed several men near the university by blowing whistles at them. The red shirts are holding a rally to support the government at the stadium.
Some protesters outside RU beat on a taxi transporting red shirts with their fists and sticks and later some students threw rocks and beat a passing bus.
A group of men also showed their opposition to the reds by setting a red T-shirt on fire, then stamping on it.
These incidents prompted RU rector Assoc Prof Wuttisak Larpcharoensap to order the RU students to go back into the university compound.
The rector said a number of men on motorcycles from the stadium had provoked the protesting students earlier.
There was a fistfight and one student a got minor injury, according to a reporter with the pro-Democrats’ Blue Sky TV network at the scene.
Hundreds of protesters Saturday joined in an anti-red shirts rally in front of the university, after a female student was attacked by the red shirts because she wore a whistle necklace.
The protesters set up stage at about noon. After representatives from Hua Mark and Wang Thonglang police stations came to receive their petition on the case and protesters were seeing them off, a fistfight between two men and a group of the protesters began. Protest leaders and police tried to break them up.
While inbound Ramkhamhaeng Soi 61 had been already blocked, police later set up barricades to separate the two groups.
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