Street vendors clash with police at Bangkok’s Patpong tourist district

May 7th, 2009 - 3:04 am ICT by John Le Fevre  

By John Le Fevre

Hundreds of market vendors have clashed with police in the busy Bangkok Patpong nighmarket and entertainment district.

Bottles were thrown at police and tourists who had been shopping found themselves in the middle of a pitched battle between vendors and police as Thailand entered into a new faze of crackdowns aimed at stamping out rip-off goods that infringe copyright.

The forecourt of the luxurious Montien Hotel in the main entertainment precinct became a battle ground between angry traders and police. Several cars were extensively damaged. Police fired shots into the air to try and disperse the crowd.

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