Thursday, August 21, 2014   

Protester gunned down in volatile Bangkok
(04-01 18:18)

Gunmen killed one person and wounded four today, in another attack on anti-government protesters in Thailand's long drawn political crisis, authorities said.
The shots were fired at mid afternoon at a bus (Pictured) and a flatbed truck carrying demonstrators to their encampment in central Bangkok after they had protested at a complex of government offices just north of the city.
The website for Erawan emergency services said three men and two women were shot and one of the men died at a hospital.
The women were on a bus and the men were guards for the protesters who were on a sound truck, said Nasser Yeemah, who heads the self-described guards for the Student and People's Network for the Reform of Thailand protest group. He said he suspected the shots were fired from a tall building alongside the expressway where the vehicles were travelling.
The student network is a militant faction of the People's Democratic Reform Committee, which has been seeking to have Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra resign to make way for an interim appointed government to initiate anti-corruption reforms.
Police confirmed the circumstances of the shooting.
Protest-related violence has left 24 dead and hundreds hurt since November.—AP
   
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