Photo of the Day: 21 May 2010

Photo: AP Photo / Wally Santana / Boston.com An anti-government protester piles tires on a fire at a shopping center Wednesday, May 19, 20...



An anti-government protester piles tires on a fire at a shopping center Wednesday, May 19, 2010, in Bangkok, Thailand.

Let us all hope that a civil war will not break out in Thailand.

We will never be able to fully understand the political conflict between the "Red Shirts" and the "Yellow Shirts", but lives (from both sides) need not be wasted through the acts of violence, rage and vandalism.





An armored vehicle breaks through a Red Shirt barricade on Wednesday May 19, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand.



The City Hall building burns after it was set on fire by Red Shirt protesters in Ubon Ratchathani province, north-east of Bangkok, May 19, 2010. Rioting and fires swept Bangkok on Wednesday after troops stormed a protest encampment, forcing protest leaders to surrender, but sparking clashes in Bangkok and triggering other unrest in northern Thailand.



Red Shirt anti-government protest leaders announce their surrender to a gathered crowd from the stage inside the protesters' camp in downtown Bangkok on May 19, 2010. Thai protest leaders surrendered and told thousands of Red Shirt supporters to end their weeks-long rally after an army assault on their fortified encampment.



Smoke rises from fires burning in downtown Bangkok, Thailand, following the surrender of anti-government leaders and capture of their encampment, Wednesday May 19, 2010.

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