Deadly shooting at peaceful Thai protest

A protest guard was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting early Saturday morning while on duty at an overnight anti-government protest in Bangkok; three other guards were wounded.
Posted By JC Finley   |   Dec. 30, 2013 at 7:03 PM   |   0 comments

Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Unidentified gunmen opened fire at an overnight anti-government protest in Bangkok in the early morning hours of Saturday, killing one and injuring three.

Four security guards for the Network of Students and People for Reform of Thailand were shot in a drive-by attack around 3:30 a.m. local time. Witnesses reported M-16 assault rifles were used by the men who were driving a gold or bronze Toyota sedan. One of the guards died from his injuries.

An investigation is under way.

On Monday, anti-government protest leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban rallied for continued demonstrations and a mass shutdown of the captial in the new year: "Bring your clothes, food and necessities for our victory may take months. Bangkok residents should clear their work before the New Year. We will shut down and occupy Bangkok a few days after the New Year. We won’t leave even a single inch to let people in the Thaksin regime to abuse us."

Anti-government protests, led by the opposition Democrat Party, have been on-going since November. Protestors are calling for the removal of the prime minister, whom they accuse of acting on behalf of her brother, ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

[Bangkok Post]
[Phuket News]

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