Five protesters injured in explosion

Five protesters of the People's Democratic Force to Overthrow Thaksinism (Pefot) were injured, one of them seriously, when a giant firecracker was thrown at them in broad daylight on Sunday afternoon at their rally site near the United Nations building, reports said.

Four of the injured in the blast were admitted to Ramathibodi Hospital and one was hospitalised at a mobile medical unit of volunteer nurses near Makhawan Rangsan Bridge. The incident took place at about 1.30pm.

Pol Col Songpol Wathanachai, deputy chief of Metropolitan Police Division 1, said he had ordered local police to investigate. He believed it was the work of a third-hand party that wanted to create trouble to exacerbate the situation.

Police are to examine footage from security surveillance cameras in the area, he said.

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Discussion 1 : 30/12/2013 at 09:18 AM
So many comments in this thread are based on ignorance and bias, rather than evidence. There is NO evidence that somebody 'threw' the firecracker, but the fact that the mob would not let the police come in to investigate the area suggests that they were probably making the small bombs themselves, when one exploded by accident. The hatred, ignorance and violence that Suthep and Abhisit have inflamed is very reminiscent of early 20th Century Europe when a few dangerous and power-crazy men lied their way to power by turning a sector of society into their blind servants.
Discussion 2 : 30/12/2013 at 09:11 AM
Probably because the firecracker came from within. It seems most likely that the protestors were making small bombs themselves, as the yellow shirts did, and it went off by accident. When the police arrived, the protestors wouldn't let them come in to look.
Discussion 3 : 30/12/2013 at 02:01 AM
The police keep telling us how many 1000's of officers they have at these rallies but they still don't see who dun it? Strange.
Discussion 4 : 30/12/2013 at 01:40 AM
The first step should come from Mr. Suthep by calling an end to his "battle ".
Discussion 5 : 29/12/2013 at 09:09 PM
Mr Thaksin, Wouldn't it be time know to order your army to stay in the barracks?
Discussion 6 : 29/12/2013 at 08:40 PM
I don't think even a pretzel has such twisted logic.
Discussion 7 : 29/12/2013 at 08:19 PM
Regardless of who threw it, deep hatred inside is surfacing to the top to hurt each other even among the Thais
Discussion 8 : 29/12/2013 at 07:35 PM
It's time for Tarit to lay the same charges he gave to suthep against YL + Co.
Discussion 9 : 29/12/2013 at 07:23 PM
If this continues I have a feeling the protestors may well start retaliating, and we know where that would lead.
Discussion 10 : 29/12/2013 at 06:25 PM
Welcome to the Middle East!
Discussion 11 : 29/12/2013 at 06:22 PM
The wonderful third hand, its back and has a go at both sides! Unlikely! We haven't forgot what the red shirts are capable of doing.
Discussion 12 : 29/12/2013 at 06:09 PM
IMO it is obvious the police makes no efforts to put itself in a position to catch these criminals 'red handed', and so long they will go on with that 'red herring' of a 'third hand'. IMO, again, there is no such thing as a 'third hand', nor today, nor in 2009/2010, it was then made quite clear by MajGen Kattyia himself who he was recruting, training, and using his mercenaries for. Seh Daeng is no more, but his black shirts, who were moving among the red shirts like fish in the water, are still alive. As are his other elite 'red guards' Bangkokians remember so vividly. No 'third hand', still the same hand, pulling the puppets' ropes...
Discussion 13 : 29/12/2013 at 05:32 PM
Excuse me boss , even a Thai superman can only throw something weighing 500g to 1kg a distance of 10 to 15 meters at best. Someone saw them.
Discussion 14 : 29/12/2013 at 05:31 PM
Just go to Thida or Jutaporn and question them regarding who may have done this.

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