UPDATE: Blast injures 36 protesters

A small bomb has exploded near the area where protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban was marching on Banthat Thong Road, with at least 28 demonstrators now reported to have been injured.

It was earlier reported eight people were hurt.

The Erawan Emergency Centre later announced  20 people were being treated for injuries caused by the Banthat Thong blast, and subsequently raised the figure to 36, one seriously.

The bomb, either an improvised explosive or a giant firecracker, went off as the People's Democratic Reform Committee protesters were passing along the street near Charoen Phol intersection, the Bangkok Post reporter following Mr Suthep said.

The explosion, about 1pm, occurred about 200 metres from where Mr Suthep was standing, the reporter said. Security guards whisked Mr Suthep away to an unknown location.

It was unclear whether the bomb was placed on the roadside and trigged by remote control, or thrown from a building in the area, BlueSky television said.

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Discussion 1 : 21/01/2014 at 03:55 PM
“Democracy isn't just about a way of voting, IT'S A WAY OF THINKING” Tony Blair
Discussion 2 : 20/01/2014 at 02:27 PM
It is a real pity that innocent people had been hit. A bigger pity is that the instigator got away.
Discussion 3 : 19/01/2014 at 02:41 PM
Normally, I stand for democracy, which puts me on the other side of the fence from the protestors. I do have to comment though about the term giant firecracker. We call it dynamite, which is made of black powder and not the same as TNT.
Discussion 4 : 17/01/2014 at 07:19 PM
A gutless, cowardly attack....I would be ashamed to admit that I had these types of people supporting me......I am referring to any political or religious parties....Thailand does not need any of these types of people. ....
Discussion 5 : 17/01/2014 at 05:52 PM
I am sorry but who sows hatred collect what he deserves.
Discussion 6 : 17/01/2014 at 05:46 PM
To Tomb:If you agree to test it,a firecrack throwing to you,will get you badly injured.A knife is not a bomb but throwing to your face,you will not live or not without major handicap.
Discussion 7 : 17/01/2014 at 05:41 PM
If you watch the video, it is far from just a firecracker. The explosion is not HUGE but also far from just being a firecracker. It looks like it was intended to injure.
Discussion 8 : 17/01/2014 at 05:33 PM
whats the point of not picking…… whatever it was it shouldn't have been exploded near anybody….
Discussion 9 : 17/01/2014 at 05:22 PM
A giant firecracker does not injure 28 people
Discussion 10 : 17/01/2014 at 04:41 PM
A giant firecracker is not a bomb.
Discussion 11 : 17/01/2014 at 03:57 PM
People who resort to intimidation and terrorism and abusive physical force to ruin democracy should be caught, tried and convicted (and whoever threw that firework isn't very nice either!)
Discussion 12 : 17/01/2014 at 03:22 PM
Now, this is getting ugly!
Discussion 13 : 17/01/2014 at 03:07 PM
It is very sad to see more and more violence. I’m also really surprise to see so few protestors. How many Suthep supporters are taking part of this protest? Are not they clearly less numerous than 1 month ago?

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