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1 Dead, 3 Wounded in Thailand Protest Shooting

Thai anti-government protesters chat next to a protesting banner outside a makeshift camp where their colleagues were shot outside the Prime Minister's office of Government House, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.Thai anti-government protesters chat next to a protesting banner outside a makeshift camp where their colleagues were shot outside the Prime Minister's office of Government House, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.
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Thai anti-government protesters chat next to a protesting banner outside a makeshift camp where their colleagues were shot outside the Prime Minister's office of Government House, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Thai anti-government protesters chat next to a protesting banner outside a makeshift camp where their colleagues were shot outside the Prime Minister's office of Government House, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand.
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A gunman opened fire on an opposition rally in the Thai capital early Saturday, killing one person and wounding three others in an incident that could inflame political tensions in the country.

Some witnesses say the shots were fired from a passing car into a group of protesters camped overnight near the government house in Bangkok.

Meanwhile, anti-government protesters surrounded candidate registration locations in the country's opposition-dominated south, forcing officials to suspend the sign-up process in some provinces.

Early elections are scheduled for February 2.

The developments follow weeks of protests by people seeking to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Demonstrators say her removal is necessary to purge the country of corruption and money politics.

  • Thai anti government protesters rally next to riot policemen during the registration of constituency candidates in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Dec. 28, 2013.
  • Riot policemen walk around during a registration of election candidates at a bus terminal centre near the Government complex in Bangkok.
  • Photographs of Poowanida Kunpalin from the ruling Puea Thai Party are seen as her documents are inspected during a registration of election candidates at a bus terminal centre near the Government complex in Bangkok.
  • Election commission officers and candidates gather during a registration of election candidates near the Government complex in Bangkok.
  • A Thai anti-government protester cries and takes picture during a condolence ceremony for Yuthana Ong-art, who was shot and killed on Friday night, in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Thai anti-government protesters mourn in front of the picture of Yuthana Ong-art, who was shot and killed on Friday night, during a condolence ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Thai anti-government protesters chat outside a makeshift camp where their colleagues were shot outside the prime minister's office of Government House in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Thai anti-government protester washes his face at a protest site outside the Government House in Bangkok.

In a televised address Friday, Army Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocah declined to rule out the possibility of a coup in Thailand. Prayuth also repeated a request that people stop asking the army to take sides in the bitter dispute.

Demonstrators view Yingluck as a puppet of her brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Large protests have forced her to call for early elections and dissolve parliament, but she has refused to resign.

Former prime minister Thaksin, a billionaire businessman, was ousted in a 2006 military coup. He was convicted of corruption and lives in self-imposed exile.
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by: PpLa from: BKK
December 30, 2013 7:46 AM
You will never understand the situation and the real feeling of Thais unless you live in Thailand and you have to pay huge amount of taxes from your salary to the government who will waste them all in their populism projects and bla bla bla....

If you want to know more about election in Thailand, you can visit the court here to see many fraud cases.

by: Jenny Lim from: Malaysia
December 29, 2013 7:22 AM
The world believe a powerful black hand is behind this crazy protest. So undemocratic and uncivilized. The black hand and,Suthep, Ahbisit should repent. Do not kill your own country. Power is temporary accept the fact. When you should go, surrender and go!God bless who are humble.

by: LOH POH HWA from: Malaysia
December 29, 2013 6:53 AM
Hope the anti government protestors wake up,they have been mislead by the opposition leaders to topple a democratically elected govt.Suthep andAhbisit and other opposition leaders should be shameful to be so selfish by leading the protest in a uncivilized way. Especially Abisit calling himself an Oxford University graduate.please give the country a chance,go for election and fight like a man fight for political power in a democratic way.

by: David Witcraft from: California, USA
December 29, 2013 1:25 AM
It seems the reform the opposition seeks is to disenfranchise the rural and less affluent parts of the electorate, so the opposition can win! Even in a healthy democracy, there are those who seek rules skewed to their advantage.

by: Anonymous
December 28, 2013 8:45 PM
Usually the military is under command of a democratically elected governmment but not in Thailand. The Army places itself above the government. The military has a responsibility to protect the civilian government of Yingluck and has a duty to crack down the insurrection.
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by: Andy from: USA
December 29, 2013 1:40 AM
Prove it that election is set up and the vote from Thai people does not mean anything.
It sounds like the protester leader is misleading. What do you try to show the world????
You are hurting your own people.
In Response

by: Anonymous
December 28, 2013 11:17 PM
This is the price a Thai lady had to pay for her demonstration that she disagree with the coming general election set up by the government before reforming the election rules.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LX1uW8Hgdgs

This is a Message to the world from Thailand.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3P8oTAQCJVs

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