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Explosions Rock Bangkok After Shooting of Dissident Thai General

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Khattiya Sawasdipol

Khattiya Sawasdipol 'Seh Daeng'. He was shot dead a few days earlier by an unknown gunman. Photo: Jeremy.

A dissident Thai General has been shot and seriously wounded, along with several other people at the site of an anti-government protest in Bangkok. VOA’s Daniel Schearf witnessed the shooting which followed a government threat to seal off the protest area to force weeks-long demonstration to end.

Major General Khattiya Sawasdipol was shot in the head while talking to a New York Times newspaper reporter and just as Schearf approached him to ask a question. Seconds later, protest security guards yelled at journalists and on-lookers to stay back as they tried to help the general – also known as Seh Daeng – into a van and to the hospital. After he was driven away, explosions rang out and the protesters, called the Red Shirts, scattered.

One protester, who was trying to get people to leave the area, says soldiers fired a grenade and used live ammunition. The protester said, “A soldier, Thai soldier, he shoot M16 and M79 to Thai people, Red Shirts.” But his claims could not be verified in the ensuring chaos.

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