Din Daeng injury toll soars to 96

A total of 96 people were injured in a violent clash between anti-government protesters and police at the Thai-Japanese sports complex in Din Daeng on Thursday, Medical Services Department director-general Suphan Srithamma said.

Dr Suphan said 82 of the injured were hospitalised.

Four of them were in a critical condition and were being treated at Rajavithi Hospital. The four included a 30-year-old man who was shot in the head, a 17-year-old teen who was shot in his right leg, a 56-year-old man whose left foot was shot, and a 40-year-old Japanese freelance reporter who was hit in the face with an unidentified object.

Other injured victims were recovering at the Rajavithi Hospital, Police Hospital, Phayathai Hospital, Phramongkutklao Hospital, Veterans General Hospital, and São Paolo Hospital.

The Centre for Administration of Peace and Order (Capo) earlier reported that three police officers were injured during the clash, one shot in the chest and two others blasted by ping pong bombs. The officer who was shot, Pol Sr Sgt Maj Narong Pitisit, 45, of Taladphlu police station, later succumbed to his injuries.

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Discussion 1 : 27/12/2013 at 08:54 AM
Why don't you use the word 'bribe' which describes exactly your long sentence...perhaps too direct or and too amoral for you ? Furthermore, in Thailand, there are not just some cases of voters who let themselves bribed but millions! How can such elections be considered fair ?
Discussion 2 : 27/12/2013 at 08:20 AM
I believe the restraint shown by the thai police has been remarkable in the face of an unruly violent mob and one of their own suffering a fatality there would have been a much more severe reaction overseas
Discussion 3 : 27/12/2013 at 07:54 AM
Charlies, I think I understand your valued comment. But I voted it down because I found it hard to read. Sorry :(
Discussion 4 : 27/12/2013 at 07:52 AM
Bewildered, hold on there! As reported in this very article, one police officer dead. No protesters reported dead. You can't bring someone back to life so that's a massive loss to the community. The police have the duty to protect and these protesters have really gone too far in causing riots. Plainly, these protesters are now rioters. Since you have the Union Jack, you should know about the Tottenham 2011 riots in London. So I guess you must have supported the rioters there too!
Discussion 5 : 27/12/2013 at 06:40 AM
You may certainly be correct in your analysis but are you arguing against the protests, the proposed people's council, or the Democrats saying they are the proposed election. The protests were against the amnesty but then the incompetance of the govenment was their target, and te desire to get of all associations with Thaksin. The amnesty was absurd, and so are recentl policies like the rice pledging sheme. It is also absurd that Thailand should be run from Dubai, enough is enough, says Suthep and others. Whether their means of reaching their objectives is valid or responsible is debatable.
Discussion 6 : 27/12/2013 at 06:33 AM
What is a 'ping pong bomb' ?
Discussion 7 : 27/12/2013 at 06:24 AM
Violence will beget more violence, not peace. The cause of this violence is hatred (of TS), anger and sadly, self-righteous justification (Suthep) Lake of reason & compromise will hurt Thailand's economy (tourism) & International standing as well.
Discussion 8 : 27/12/2013 at 04:43 AM
28 police injured, 96 protesters injured actually. Plus a protestor shot in the head and others shot in less vital places. Plus a journalist and several protestors shot by rubber bullets. Never mind - you don't get paid to highlight any of these figures. Do you sleep well ?.
Discussion 9 : 27/12/2013 at 03:07 AM
Mr. Suthep, his financiers, supporters and followers were defeated and voted out of office in a majoriy rules democratic election. That election was adequately planned, scheduled and conducted with plenty of time for all political parties and the general public to become informed and select their preferred candidates. The process was as democratic and open and fair as one can expect in any democratic choosing of leadership as there are always going to be cases of voters who are influenced by someone rewarding them as to how they vote... whether by money, favors, property deals, influence, or positions within the newly elected government.
Discussion 10 : 26/12/2013 at 11:55 PM
It seems Mr Suthep is keeping a low profile today, strange not to hear his side of the story like, The police used excessive force, so we had to retaliate, it wasn't us who started the trouble, remember, we are peaceful demonstrators, so he keeps telling us. One policeman shot and killed, many injured. Mind you, he can blame Yinluk . Well you started all this carnage, it's about time you put an end to it, and stop it getting a lot worse.
Discussion 11 : 26/12/2013 at 11:46 PM
I knew it was just a matter of time before violence would break out. The police are hired to serve and protect and that's exactly what they did so if you got shot or had your motorbike or car smashed it was because of retaliation for their officers getting hurt. It could have been worse.
Discussion 12 : 26/12/2013 at 10:35 PM
Medical production is going up for sure but no peace for Thais yet because not fatalities at this time. If you really want peace then keep fighting and killing each other so as soon as more dead bodies lying on the street then peace will follow.

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