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2 people killed, 21 wounded in attack on Bangkok protest site

Published time: May 15, 2014 00:31
Edited time: May 15, 2014 01:17
(FILE Photo) Anti-government protesters wait for their leader Suthep Thaugsuban to come out from the parliament building to address them in Bangkok May 9, 2014. (Reuters / Damir Sagolj)

(FILE Photo) Anti-government protesters wait for their leader Suthep Thaugsuban to come out from the parliament building to address them in Bangkok May 9, 2014. (Reuters / Damir Sagolj)

Two people were killed and at least 21 others wounded in an attack on an anti-government protest in Bangkok, Thailand, according to police.

The Bangkok Post reported that two attacks occurred against protesters. Early Thursday morning, men in a pickup truck drove by and shot at a guards’ line at an intersection. Two were killed by the gunfire, and 19 others were wounded.

Minutes later, two M79 grenade rounds were fired into the protest camp at Democracy Monument.

The wounded were hit by shrapnel from the explosion, according to a doctor at a Bangkok emergency center, Reuters reported.

"Two people were killed and 21 were wounded," Bangkok’s Erawan Emergency Centre said via its website. Police later confirmed the death toll, the Bangkok Post reported.

The army arrived after the attacks to seal off the area, the Post reported.

Protesters at the camp have called for a replacement cabinet and an appointed administration.

Thailand has seen heightened political tumult in the last six months after a wave of anti-government protests broke out following years of bitterness between the ruling elite and Thaksin Shinawatra, who, despite popularity with rural and urban poor, was thrown out of office in 2006 by the military.

Last week, former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Thaksin's younger sister, and nine of her cabinet ministers were ousted from office by the Constitutional Court for abuse of power.

Twenty-seven people have been killed and hundreds wounded since the People's Democratic Reform Committee protests began in November, according to police and local hospitals.

Comments (12)

 

Milo 15.05.2014 06:00

21 people are shot / killed (homocide) in Los Angeles every week from 2000 to 2009.

 

Milo 15.05.2014 05:48

Jim Smithson 15.05.2014 01:14

Thailand was a peaceful country until they allowed Russians to vacation there. Same thing is happening in Turkey. Russians vacation there and unrest begins. Turkish despise Russian vodka drinking arrogant imbeciles.

  


Mo st Thai people are still peacefull ... look at how small the protester turnout is in Bangkok considering the population of the city ... the average Thai does not want violence in their home ... they just want to be able to go to work and get by in life.

Thai politics however has been like this for a long long time.



 

Milo 15.05.2014 05:42

Warmonger 15.05.2014 03:29

Thai people's hearts are as dark as their skins. Thai are violent people and are born with that gene

  


Where have you been in Thailand? What group of people did you mix with?

Or have you never been to Thailand?

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