Violence hits Bangkok; military cracks down

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An anti-government protester grimaces from the effects of tear gas fired by Thai military forces during street clashes on May 14, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters and military clashed in central Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for two months.\n\n\n(Getty Images)
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An anti-government protester is detained by Thai military forces during street clashes on May 14, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters and military clashed in central Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for two months.(Getty Images)
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An anti-government protester waves a Thailand flag at military forces during street clashes on May 14, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters and military clashed in central Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for two months.(Getty Images)
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Anti-government protesters move towards Thai military forces on Rama 4 Road in central Bangkok during street clashes on May 14, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters and military clashed in central Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for two months.(Getty Images)
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An anti-government protester fires a slingshot at Thai military forces during street clashes on May 14, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand.(Getty Images)
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An anti-government protester waves the national flag as he stands on Rama 4 Road in central Bangkok during a clash with Thai military forces on May 14, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Protesters and military clashed in central Bangkok after the government launched an operation to disperse anti-government protesters who have closed parts of the city for two months. (Getty Images)