Thursday , 22 February 2018
Anti-government protest leader killed in Bangkok violence

Anti-government protest leader killed in Bangkok violence

BANGKOK — A man recognized by police as one of many leaders of anti-authorities protests in Thailand was shot lifeless at this time (Jan 26) when violence erupted as demonstrators in Bangkok blocked early voting in lots of areas for an election subsequent week.

Mr Piya Utayo, a spokesman for Thailand’s nationwide police, recognized the lifeless man as Suthin Taratin, one of many protest leaders. “At least 5 different individuals have been injured,” he stated.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra referred to as the Feb P election in an try and defuse protests which have dragged on since November and which have typically flared into violence. At least 10 individuals have been killed and scores wounded.

A senior authorities official stated earlier right now that as many as forty five of the 50 polling stations in Bangkok had been shut as protesters swarmed the centres in what formed as one other blow for the embattled Ms Yingluck. Early voting was additionally disrupted in 10 of Thailand’s seventy six provinces.

Bangkok police stated clashes had damaged out between anti-authorities protesters and Ms Yingluck supporters, with the 2 sides buying and selling punches earlier than photographs have been fired. Hospital officers stated eleven individuals have been harm within the clashes in Bangkok’s Bang Na district.

It was not instantly clear who had fired the photographs however the protesters accused the federal government and police of making an attempt to intimidate them.

“Suthin was shot within the head. The authorities has allowed thugs to make use of weapons,” Mr Akanat Promphan, a spokesman for the protesters, informed reporters.

Today’s violence, the worst in a month, got here after a state of emergency got here into impact on Wednesday and casts additional doubt over the election.

The protests are the newest eruption in a political battle that has gripped Thailand for eight years and which is beginning to harm progress and investor confidence in Southeast Asia’s second-largest financial system.

The battle broadly pits Bangkok’s center class and elite, and followers within the south, towards primarily poor rural backers of Ms Yingluck and her brother, ousted former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, within the populous north and northeast.

The protesters, led by firebrand former premier Suthep Thaugsuban, accuse Ms Yingluck of being Thaksin’s puppet and need an unelected ‘individuals’s council” to supervise reform earlier than any future election is held.


Anti-government protest leader killed in Bangkok violence
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