BANGKOK, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- Injuries in clashes between pro- government supporters, known as the red shirts, and protesters led by the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) outside the Lak Si district office in Thai capital Bangkok have risen to six people.
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's Erawan Emergency Medical Service Center said six people were injured, with four of them sufferinh gun wounds. All the victims were sent to the Vibhavadi Hospital.
A reporter was among the injured, reported local media on Saturday, which also said the clashes happened after a monk led the rally at the Chaeng Wattana to surround the Lak Si district office to prevent the transfer of ballots and ballot boxes from the office to polling stations.
Local media reported that explosion sounds like firecrackers were heard late Saturday afternoon, which then turned out to be hundreds of gunshots. The fire continued for nearly 30 minutes.
Journalists often wear light-green armbands for safety. However, protesters and pro-government supporters recently also issue bands in the same colors.
The Thai Journalists Association urged the PDRC to change its colors in order to protect reporters.
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