Four hurt as reds, PDRC clash

An anti-government march in Pathum Thani province on Friday ended in a clash with red-shirt supporters, injuring 4 people, police said.

The People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), led by Luang Phor Buddha Issara, marched from Muang to other districts in the province urging people to join its rally to seize Bangkok on Monday.

The demonstrators encountered opposition from United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship supporters led by Wutthipong Kochathammakhun in Lam Luk Ka district, said Pol Maj Gen Smit Mukdasanit, chief of the Pathum Thani police, said.

They clashed and four people were injured, one seriously, after gunshots and giant firecrackers were heard, he added.

Khu Khot police said two of the injurwed were believed to be red-shirt members and another one was a student walking in the area.

PDRC member Satit Wongnongtoey called on the government to take responsibility for the clash

Earlier, Mr Wutthipong had led the same red-shirt onvergegroup to the offices of Daily News and Thai Rath newspapers to submit a letter complaining about their news coverage.

The letter demanded the media support the Feb 2 election and provide more balanced news coverage, a Daily News editor said.

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Discussion 1 : 12/01/2014 at 12:44 AM
Agree, reds are always the violent ones. When they protest, they bomb opposition business. When the anti-govt protest, they bomb oppostions houses. Not saying there are no bad apples with the PDRC, there are too, but a lot less and a lot less violent.
Discussion 2 : 11/01/2014 at 06:47 PM
Lipka: I liked it too, however I thought he marginalized three groups, or do the other two groups not matter to you. It is a bit one sided though, because only the central group could be financially viable alone, and that is also problematic. Also it is not what a real majority of the Thais want for themselves; and that is what counts the most.
Discussion 3 : 11/01/2014 at 02:53 PM
BIKEME: 'the UDD leadership promised they would not confront' - And Suthep also said a few weeks ago if, the same day he could not force YS to resign he would turn himself in.
Discussion 4 : 11/01/2014 at 01:58 PM
Why was a gun on the back seat of a "peaceful" PDRC van?
Discussion 5 : 11/01/2014 at 10:24 AM
BIKEME suggests the UDD provoked the PDRC. Basically only the PDRC have a right to protest and take to the streets...and more. News flash: PDRC do not own the country...not yet
Discussion 6 : 11/01/2014 at 10:23 AM
As usual, odd comments blaming the red shirts totally ignoring at all incidents more red shirts get injured or killed. Seeing that the red shirts are usually the ones being attacked seems to mean nothing to some people intent on seeing things one-sidedly
Discussion 7 : 11/01/2014 at 09:05 AM
flpabkk, I gave you a thumbs down only because you marginalised the reds. The yellow shirts are just as bad, so don't be biased. Otherwise a thumbs up as I do like your idea about segregation for the purpose of teaching people that they need each other to survive.
Discussion 8 : 11/01/2014 at 02:58 AM
I have been inside red shirt encampments and also yellow shirt encampments. I felt the Devil was with the red shirts due to their violent ways. In other words, they are the main instigators of violence. But for the Pheu Thai government, they are a useful adjunct to the Thaksin police force.
Discussion 9 : 11/01/2014 at 02:28 AM
There are many factions within UDD. There is no way any of the leaders can guarantee no conflict with pdrc. As we can see from this article, there are no shortage of UDD in BKK. violence can be expected. possibly why over 40 countries have travel warnings out for BKK. It is no different with the pdrc. There is absolutely no way Suthep can guarantee his mob will be peaceful. The Police and military might be quite busy throughout the protests.
Discussion 10 : 11/01/2014 at 01:10 AM
Again more bias by the media and the police. No one is describing who this vehicle belong to, but as they search the car a iconic red white and blue ribbon is in the picture. Again trying to sway public opinion.
Discussion 11 : 11/01/2014 at 12:42 AM
dont just bash the red shirts, the anti-democracy movement are equally to blame, both sides need to talk and settle old scores and move forward for the better of Thailand .
Discussion 12 : 10/01/2014 at 10:15 PM
Everyone knows that confrontation between the UDD and PDRC protestors will cause conflict, the UDD leadership promised they would not confront, yet here for the second time they break their word and deliberately provoke an issue. The UDD will have only themselves to blame if they continue to provke.
Discussion 13 : 10/01/2014 at 10:12 PM
What did we expect? Bunnies and daisies when the two groups would meet? Come on folks; there will be violence when the yellows and red meet. Brainless drones on both sides.
Discussion 14 : 10/01/2014 at 09:41 PM
Well, they don't storm TVs stations as did the PDRC 2 weeks ago to dictate how the TVs' news have to report their protests. And about the "peaceful" protestors, you have a very short memory : several journalists were assaulted during the PDRC protests including one German journalist supposed to be a "red" one. We can continue with many other violent acts that include the PDRC protestors in the last weeks but memory is always very selective from Suthep's supports.
Discussion 15 : 10/01/2014 at 09:14 PM
Is very simple: whenever the Reds get involved there is violence. Remember when they dismantled after their mob in Bangkok a few years ago? It was save yourself first in the population as they smashed windows, ATM machines etc.
Discussion 16 : 10/01/2014 at 09:11 PM
So reds took a letter "demanding" their side get better media coverage and then they fought with peaceful PDRC protesters. I guess they got their media coverage.
Discussion 17 : 10/01/2014 at 09:00 PM
Seeing as at least 2 of the injured were 'reds', I find your comment rather odd.
Discussion 18 : 10/01/2014 at 08:58 PM
The monk who did this is the Abbot of the temple in Nakorn Pathom (!) that makes money by letting people pose with tigers.
Discussion 19 : 10/01/2014 at 08:37 PM
Here we go again, make out the protesters are innocent, blame the UDD, sorry should have said red shirts. Takes two to tango.
Discussion 20 : 10/01/2014 at 08:29 PM
Regrettable for sure. But when a group clearly claims that no negotiation are possible in their aim to put on power a self appointed people's council through a self declared representative of the people time to wipe out its opponents to then make an elections, what do you expect ? That the other side will nod the head ? The ones who try to tell that Suthep and the so called PDRC are a solution are really laughable : they are the indication of the coming catastrophe if they're not stopped simply because their position is no negotiable, one sided, undemocratic so clearly not acceptable .
Discussion 21 : 10/01/2014 at 08:21 PM
Once again the "Red Shirts" show their true colors. Unable to counter the PDRC in a Democratic manner they have to resort to violence. The shame of it is that there seems to be no way out of this circle of behavior. Maybe Thailand should break up into three separate countries, the Muslim South, the Red North and Northeast and everyone else. Each would have its own government and resources and could trade among themselves, a lot like the old Dvaravati city states in the 11th century. It wouldn't take long for everyone to realize they need each other to survive and maybe they could actually work out a reasonable solution.???
Discussion 22 : 10/01/2014 at 08:16 PM
PDRC marched for two months with zero incidents. Only when reds get involved, and apathetic police, that violence occurs.
Discussion 23 : 10/01/2014 at 08:14 PM
A usual, every time when these reds are around people get hurt, sometimes even get killed. Red thugs and sins. Do these two words ring you any bell?
Discussion 24 : 10/01/2014 at 07:53 PM
PDRC march causes clash and they blame the government? Baffling to say the least.

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