Thailand coup: Soldiers fire in air to disperse pro-government protesters

Thai soldiers patrol after army chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha met with anti-government and pro-government leaders at the Army Club in Bangkok on Thursday, May 22, 2014. Thai soldiers fired into the air to disperse thousands of pro-government,
Thai soldiers patrol after army chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha met with anti-government and pro-government leaders at the Army Club in Bangkok on Thursday, May 22, 2014. Thai soldiers fired into the air to disperse thousands of pro-government, "red shirt" activists gathered at a protest site in Bangkok's western outskirts following a military coup on Thursday, a protest spokesman said. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - Thai soldiers fired into the air to disperse thousands of pro-government, "red shirt" activists gathered at a protest site in Bangkok's western outskirts following a military coup on Thursday, a protest spokesman said.

The military detained at least one leader of the activists, who are loyal to deposed former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, said spokesman Thanawut Wichaidit.