Riot police fire rubber bullets into the crowds of anti-government protesters during a clash in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday. Pic: AP.

A policeman and three civilians died and at least 63 people were injured when police and anti-government protesters clashed in Bangkok on Tuesday.

The violence erupted as police attempted to remove protesters from an encampment at Phan Fah Bridge in a historic area of Bangkok near Government House. Other protest sites around the city appeared peaceful this afternoon.

From Associated Press:

Multiple gunshots were heard midday at a spot near the prime minister’s office where riot police had started to remove protesters and dismantle a makeshift stage, but it wasn’t clear who was firing.

Erawan emergency medical services said a 52-year-old male civilian was killed by a head wound and a police officer died from a chest wound. It also said another man died, but didn’t have further details. Nearly 60 others were injured in the incident.

Here’s a timeline of today’s events so far:

9.25pm: After a volley of insults directed at caretaker prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, protest leader Suthep has practically called open season on her now:

 

8.45pm: Suthep still insists that protesters were unarmed (despite evidence telling the opposite) and collected police weapons left after the scramble “only for evidence”.

8.35pm: The BBC Bangkok correspondent Jonathan Head posted raw video footage of a grenade tossed at police (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT), an officer tried to kick it away when it exploded.

8.17pm: Protest leader Suthep Thuagsuban is addressing to his supporters and blaming the authorities for today’s escalation:

7.51pm:

4.18pm:

Dramatic raw footage from today’s exchanges from AFP:

And the footage aired on CNN’s broadcast shows the immediate aftermath of that explosion:

3.10pm:

AFP reports:

Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will be charged with neglect of duty over a rice farm subsidy scheme and could be removed from office if found guilty, an anti-graft panel announced Tuesday.

Yingluck had ignored warnings that the flagship rice policy was fostering corruption and causing financial losses, the National Anti-Corruption Commission said in a statement.

She will be summoned to hear the charges on February 27.

2.38pm:

2.29pm:

 

1.23pm:

 

1.16pm: From Associated Press report:

At least 42 people have been injured in clashes between police and anti-government protesters in Bangkok after police started rounding up demonstrators who have been camping out at various locations around the capital.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, this morning interim Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra appeared on national television defending the government’s controversial rice pledging scheme.

 

 

Earlier, Associated Press reported that police detained dozens of protesters elsewhere in Bangkok without incident:

Thai police detained and removed about 100 anti-government protesters who were camped out near a government ministry in Bangkok on Tuesday in a major effort to push back demonstrators who have occupied key sites around the capital.

Since the protesters starting blocking government offices late last year and major intersections a month ago, police have avoided dispersing demonstrators for fear of unleashing violence.

But on Monday, the government’s special security command center announced it would reclaim five protest sites around the city for public use, a move made possible under a state of emergency declared in January.

Thousands of police officers, including anti-riot squads, were deployed across the city in an operation the government called “Peace for Bangkok.”