A 21-year-old student was reported shot dead as university students clashed with pro-government red shirts in Bangkok tonight.
Five others are reported to have been injured and were rushed to hospital.
The gunman appears to have been caught on video by Channel 7 news in Bangkok.
Bangkok’s Ramkhamhaeng University is only a few hundred yards from Rajamangala Sports stadium where over 100,000 red shirted supporters of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra were meeting to rally before tomorrow’s counter protest.
Many of the red-shirts have been bussed in from Northern Thailand to counter protests this week which have seen the take-over and occupation of several government ministries and provincial government buildings in the south of Thailand by anti-government protesters who want an end to the Shinawatras.
Six shots fired at 1:04 Towards the end – martial music as in 1930’s Europe
|Alleged man from gunmen group. Red shirts and police|
claim incidents including attempted arson involve anti
Yingluck’s elder brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, claim anti-government supporters, is still running the goverment from exile. He moved to Dubai after being convicted of offences of corruption.
The anti-government demonstrators however no longer want democracy Thai style. They want an committee of ‘good people’ to run the country. Who gets to choose them – they have not stipulated.
Anti-government protesters would march tomorrow on the Ministries for the Interior, Labor, Education and Commerce
UDD (United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship chairwoman Tida Thawornseth said on Saturday evening that if the government could not protect public buildings, it would be up to the red shirts to show what ‘people power’ really was.
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