BANGKOK, May 19 (Reuters) - Thai security forces will open fire on anyone attempting to loot or commit arson following riots across the capital Bangkok, a top law enforcement official said on Saturday.
Rioting and fires swept Bangkok on Wednesday after troops stormed a protest encampment, forcing protest leaders to surrender but sparking clashes that killed at least six and triggering unrest in northern Thailand. A night curfew has been declared in Bangkok and 21 provinces.
“Police and soliders were instructed to resolve the situation and use weapons to deter or prevent those (arson and looting) acts,” Tharit Pengdit, director-general of the Department of Special Investigation, said in a televised address. (Reporting by Ambika Ahuja; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Michael Perry)