Guard killed at protest site

A security guard was killed and three others wounded in a pre-dawn gun attack at an anti-government protest site at Chamai Maruchet Bridge early Saturday.

Nassir Yima, security chief for the Network of Students and People for Reform of Thailand (NSPRT), said the incident took place at about 3.30am when a golden bronze Toyota car arrived at the site with an unknown number of men on board.

They rolled down a window in the back seat and one of them opened fire with an M16 rifle at the uards on duty behind a stage.

While the car was moving along Rama V road in the direction of the Wat Benjamabopit intersection and the Missakawan intersection, the gunman continued to spray bullets at the guards.

The gumen fled after the shooting.

The attack wounded four guards, two of them seriously.

Yutthana Ong-art, about 30, was admitted to Klang Hospital and later pronounced dead.

"The dead man is in his 30s. He was shot in the torso," a spokesman for the city's Erawan emergency centre said.

Hospital officials identified the three other guards as Prawit Thongpraeng, Surapong Somklaew and Saneh Lohasart.

Police recovered shells and other ammunition at the scene. They have yet to examine all the ammunition and declined to comment on the protesters' claim that the shooter had used an M16 rifle.

PDRC co-leader Sathit Wongnongtoey said that Saturday's drive-by shooting at Chamai Maruchet bridge showed there were certain people who wanted to incite unrest to discredit a protest that has been carried out peacefully without any weapons.

"The guards will now oversee the protest venue more rigorously to ensure the safety of people who come to join the demonstration," said Mr Sathit, a former Democrat Party MP. "I want to ask the police around the protest venue, why can't they ever prevent violence from happening?"

The incident on Saturday was the third death of the week. A police officer and a protester died of gunshot wounds suffered in clashes on Thursday at the Thai-Japanese sports stadium where political party registrations were being held.

In the Thursday incident, protesters were seen hurling bricks at police, who responded with rubber bullets and tear gas. It is not clear who fired the live ammunition, though both sides accuse a "third hand" of attempting to stoke further unrest.

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Discussion 1 : 30/12/2013 at 10:41 AM
I was not comparing anything,my comment was about his comment that they have been peaceful and they have not used any weapons,that is a bold face lie,I do not condon what the reds did or what this group is doing,2wrongs do not make it wright.
Discussion 2 : 29/12/2013 at 09:31 PM
Compared to what reds had in 2010, they're nothing. How quickly reds forget.
Discussion 3 : 29/12/2013 at 02:28 PM
It`s obvious that there are "agent provocateurs". They could be assigned by the government to turn the mood against the protest and "prove" that they are violent. But then why would they shoot protesters? Or they could be assigned by "Suthep" to create violence. Kind of would make sense, isn`t he calling for escalation? Doesn`t he want the army to be involved and doesn`t he know, they won`t until massive violence demands it? But still we have no evidence. Could also be some angry nutheads acting on their own. We must be careful with conclusions. I only wonder why no one is ever arrested.
Discussion 4 : 29/12/2013 at 01:16 PM
All the hallmarks of the UDD military wing being recalled to active service as in 2010.
Discussion 5 : 29/12/2013 at 12:20 PM
PDRC co-leader Sathit's claim that the PDRC's protest is being carried out peacefully is laughable to the point of absurd. Who is he kidding? Daily evidence to the contrary is being provided by Thai media.
Discussion 6 : 29/12/2013 at 12:02 PM
@Bookripper Again accusings that readers are supporters of red or Thaksin . This is very short-sighted. Many readers orient themselves well to form a opinion. When I look at the past of Thaksin, I see a lot of wrong things, the same for Suthep. But many followers of these people don't accept any critical comments. It is too simplistic to think that your leader is a saint, and if someone criticizes him / her, this person sympathizes with the other camp
Discussion 7 : 29/12/2013 at 11:49 AM
And remember he was referring to the violence inflicted by the police on protestors!
Discussion 8 : 29/12/2013 at 11:33 AM
Yes. Now we can see he wanted lap tops in schools. they have been way laid.
Discussion 9 : 29/12/2013 at 11:32 AM
Not to mention their bosses.
Discussion 10 : 29/12/2013 at 11:06 AM
PDRC-co leader Sathit-Wongnontoey said that this protest has been carried out peacefully and with out any weapons..... Really? I guess rocks and and slingshots are not weapons,who would of thought differently.
Discussion 11 : 29/12/2013 at 10:26 AM
"Violence begets violence." (Martin Luther King, Jr, 1958)
Discussion 12 : 29/12/2013 at 10:12 AM
@ FoxBK it wouldn't surprise me going by their past track record…...
Discussion 13 : 29/12/2013 at 10:06 AM
@ qualtrough…. Abhisit as PM tried his best to stop violence too….but the red mobs were lobbing grenades and shooting at fellow Thais and soldiers and for the finale burnt sections of the city to the ground ….. how quickly and conveniently we seem to forget.
Discussion 14 : 29/12/2013 at 09:36 AM
"I want to ask the police around the protest venue, why can't they ever prevent violence from happening?" Absurd. Don't blame the police... emotional & violent protests will not lead to reform... only to more bloodshed & possibly a civil war!
Discussion 15 : 29/12/2013 at 01:11 AM
Who starts the wind get the cyclone, get rid of anarchists and troublemaker and the whole country will be happy.
Discussion 16 : 28/12/2013 at 11:36 PM
The comments on this whole affair are getting plain retarded. Did someone in Dubai sent a bunch of laptops & internetcards to his fans?
Discussion 17 : 28/12/2013 at 10:36 PM
Who sows the wind shall reap the whirlwind.
Discussion 18 : 28/12/2013 at 08:33 PM
look like Mr T send in his red army freedom fighters agains
Discussion 19 : 28/12/2013 at 08:03 PM
In Thailand there is much to like and much to shake your head at. The most disgusting aspect of Thailand is how the police routinely refuse to offer protection to the citizens and visitors, be it through sparse enforcement of traffic laws or refusing to post a police presence next to a boiling pot. Nothing gives Thailand a bad name like the police. And please note where the boss comes from.
Discussion 20 : 28/12/2013 at 05:59 PM
Whilst people in the Northeast must be the most diligent; they have the ability to harvest rice and perform fierce demonstrations at the same time. Wonderful.
Discussion 21 : 28/12/2013 at 05:35 PM
Please inform us of another government in the world that allows mobs to attack, invade, and vandalize government offices, police stations, and electoral offices while additionally hurling ping bomb bombs, firing sling shots, and throwing rocks. Oh, I left out the occasional gunshot. I await your answer with bated breath. The current government has bent over backward to avoid violence. Outside observers and some of the Thai press can see this, which is why Suthep and his merry band of thugs hate them.
Discussion 22 : 28/12/2013 at 05:25 PM
Hey! Stop the violence. Some will have to brave enough to start a dialogue where differences can be respected. Enough of demands and threats on all side now. Thais killing Thais is NOT the answer.
Discussion 23 : 28/12/2013 at 05:24 PM
The Germans and the Soviets used this tactic in World War ll along and recently both sides of the war in Syria. It is a old tactic. I would not put is past Suthep. As Isurrener noted he desperately wants the Thai Military involved and on his side as in 2010.
Discussion 24 : 28/12/2013 at 04:13 PM
The PDRC & NSPRT made a lot of enemies since they block roads robbed the people of their right. Time to disperse & go home before a more unfortunate event happens.
Discussion 25 : 28/12/2013 at 03:42 PM
A country like Thailand is full of wonder. One of it is student has to opportunity to widely involve in political demonstration. Most of them acted against government. They can be said a group of most intelligent student of the world. Why as claim? It is because they still have abandon of time to study and ability to pass their exams and perform fierce demonstration on the same time. Thailand, Thailand.
Discussion 26 : 28/12/2013 at 03:37 PM
Suthep has been praying for military intervention since day one of his disruptions. It would not surprised if this proves to be yet another of his sly ideas.
Discussion 27 : 28/12/2013 at 03:01 PM
civil war will explode very soon, gluck thais Btw I have prepared lots cash to buy cheap thai stocks later. from iPhone application.
Discussion 28 : 28/12/2013 at 02:58 PM
Both sides always blame the other side.
Discussion 29 : 28/12/2013 at 02:45 PM
Oh, so the students are the baddies because they are shot at? Nice logic...
Discussion 30 : 28/12/2013 at 02:40 PM
For me it's not about Suthep. It's about what Thaksin is doing to Thai People for long time already!
Discussion 31 : 28/12/2013 at 02:36 PM
Truethai... Suthep does NOT have the blood of 2,500 people on his hands, neither the one of the people of Tak Bai!
Discussion 32 : 28/12/2013 at 02:18 PM
The police forced the protestors to remain unarmed. The police knew that the protestors could not protect themselves from armed intruders. The incident happened at around 3.30am, the police were not there even at 8am. Enough said, the police and the government are pleased with this violence. The protestors are brave, the same cannot be said about their enemy in Dubai.
Discussion 33 : 28/12/2013 at 02:00 PM
Sorry but the blood is on the PM's hands as it was (according to red shirts) on Abhisit's in 2010.
Discussion 34 : 28/12/2013 at 01:03 PM
Very sad...how many bodies is enough, Suthep? The country is slipping towards a civil war, and the blood is in your hands!
Discussion 35 : 28/12/2013 at 12:42 PM
Or connected to the police in some way.
Discussion 36 : 28/12/2013 at 12:36 PM
Actually it is probably the opposite. These so called business people are most likely taking the opportunity to by shares back from foreigners at bargain prices. You see 21% down as a loss, but it is just assets moving from weak hands to strong hands. Savvy investors would see this a a great buying opportunity.
Discussion 37 : 28/12/2013 at 12:27 PM
Any death or injury for expressing political views is a national tragedy. Mr. Suthep and his words of war, battles, eradication, personal attacks has poured gas on a simmering fire. Red or Yellow this is senseless. Reforming a fragile democracy is an evolution, not a revolution. It takes time and commitment, not what we see now.
Discussion 38 : 28/12/2013 at 11:52 AM
Do you Suthep is better than Thaksin? Suthep was the best in class for corruption in Thai Political history.
Discussion 39 : 28/12/2013 at 11:13 AM
The Government's own man? Explain FoxBK.
Discussion 40 : 28/12/2013 at 11:11 AM
Reform UDD style.
Discussion 41 : 28/12/2013 at 11:09 AM
If Suterp still insist that his demonstration is peaceful, he should categorically disassociate with the NSPRT.
Discussion 42 : 28/12/2013 at 10:49 AM
The people doing the shooting are ignorant cowards.
Discussion 43 : 28/12/2013 at 10:46 AM
Right, just what the international press refuses to look into.
Discussion 44 : 28/12/2013 at 10:21 AM
sounds like this lot have now made themselves very unpopular, but before people start jumping to conclusions there is plenty of motive when you look to the stock exchange, down 21%, sounds like some big companies and some wealthy people just lost BIG money compliments of protests.
Discussion 45 : 28/12/2013 at 10:19 AM
I doubt it, more than likely they are police.
Discussion 46 : 28/12/2013 at 10:16 AM
I guess you also think the govt shot their own man just to make the protesters lose credibility?
Discussion 47 : 28/12/2013 at 10:15 AM
How many person are killed because of the Thaksin case already. In his drug war and all protest. Unbelievable this man don't feel guilty and ashamed. And still so many people love him because of small money.
Discussion 48 : 28/12/2013 at 10:11 AM
Let's see if the police can catch them before all hell breaks loose.
Discussion 49 : 28/12/2013 at 09:58 AM
Sounds like the Men in Black are back after their 3 1/2 year disappearance.
Discussion 50 : 28/12/2013 at 09:53 AM
sounds like this has been deliberately organised to stir up trouble….

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