UPDATE: Blast wounds 28 ralliers

Twenty eight people were injured in a bomb explosion at the Victory Monument anti-government protest rally site at about 1.34pm, media reports said.

One of the 28 wounded is Sithinee Huangnak, a reporter for Post Today newspaper, who was admitted to nearby Ratchawithi Hospital. Ms Sithinee was later transferred to Phyathai Hospital 2 hospital.

Twelve others wounded were taken to Ratchawithi, nine to Ramathibodi, four to King Chulalongkorn and two to Phra Mongkut hospitals, according to the Erawan Centre.

Thaworn Senneam, a former Democrat MP and core PDRC co-leader in charge at the Victory Monument rally stage, said an unidentified man threw an explosive device near a press centre tent behind the rally stage and ran off. He was chased by security guards and protesters, prompting him to toss another bomb.

But the group continued to try to catch him and the man fired a shot at them, leaving at least one person injured, before fleeing on a motorcycle driven by another man, heading toward Tuek Chai intersection.   

It was believed the bomb thrower was one of six assailants at the scene. Mr Thaworn believes the bomber was targeting him as the bomb exploded only 20 metres away from where he was standing. Before the incident, guards spotted a suspicious-looking man and asked him to leave the protest venue. A group of suspicious men later were seen scouting at the back of the rally stage, he said.

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Discussion 1 : 20/01/2014 at 05:40 AM
footlose. You are not correct in your statement. The PM and the ministers can resign and the senate them appoints a caretaker government until an election can take place. There is no law stopping her from resigning he position.
Discussion 2 : 19/01/2014 at 05:47 PM
A politico betraying their supporters? Well, that’s news. Never happened before.
Discussion 3 : 19/01/2014 at 05:23 PM
khunbill how are people protesting peacefully with whistles crazed exactly? And the people have a right to protest peacefully whether suthep is leading them or otherwise. In short they are allowed to protest peacefully under the laws, and i'm sure if the stakes weren't so high on both sides there would be no bombings. get it
Discussion 4 : 19/01/2014 at 05:11 PM
I was at Pathamwan yesterday and it's very much like a temple fair with street vendors and people having a good time in a very peaceful manner. The trouble is, those throwing bombs are not these people, but thugs from somewhere. Yes, they could be from one of the violent redshirt offshoot groups. But, they could also be some disgruntled toughs from the south looking to stir things up. The southern regions, for example around Nakhon Sri Thammarat are known for mafia and gangsters and there are many from this area among the protestors.
Discussion 5 : 19/01/2014 at 05:10 PM
I find it amazing how many people in this forum react according to their personal agenda. Some pro Shinawatra commenters say the protesters should go home because of the violence. Did these people also suggest the red-shirts should go home in 2010? Because if the red-shirts would have gone home early than we wouldn’t have had almost 100 dead people in 2010. And obviously the anti Shinawatra people continue to fight because “they know” they are right. I think we can agree both sides want to win and basically both sides can’t afford to lose. It will get worse before it can get better. Not that I like that but I don’t see any other out
Discussion 6 : 19/01/2014 at 04:51 PM
Obvious is this is a set up, as how could anybody possibly think the government wants to force the army into the streets. Please think a little bit,,,
Discussion 7 : 19/01/2014 at 04:46 PM
So, why does your solution sound like what a hostage taker says while talking to the police and holding a gun to the hostage's head? Is this the only technique that the government has to restore order? Of course no one claims responsibility for or control over these criminals. So who knows who they are really working for.
Discussion 8 : 19/01/2014 at 04:45 PM
They can not, that vill damage Thailand very much. But maybe the parties can go thrue reforms before they try to reform Thailand.
Discussion 9 : 19/01/2014 at 04:45 PM
The government is mot interested in ending the protest.
Discussion 10 : 19/01/2014 at 04:43 PM
Security for who, the innocent people or for the rebels?
Discussion 11 : 19/01/2014 at 04:42 PM
Aa, the police is gone, the protesters told the police go home, and they did.
Discussion 12 : 19/01/2014 at 04:40 PM
Yingluck has most to gain. A few bombs here and there and the protestors all go home.
Discussion 13 : 19/01/2014 at 04:39 PM
And where's your proof that it is otherwise, Balrog?
Discussion 14 : 19/01/2014 at 04:37 PM
It's time for every Thai to put him/her self on the line for tge sake of democratic reform.
Discussion 15 : 19/01/2014 at 04:31 PM
If you read the news it is always the Reds/PTP who are the ones starting violence. Burning, firing and beating p people - this the Red way. On the other hand the protesters have never hurt anyone physically. Why is it readers here do not understand this. This people are being harrassed day and night now by elements of this Thaksin/Yingluck regime. All they know is to use violence as we have seen since Thaksin has taken over.
Discussion 16 : 19/01/2014 at 04:26 PM
Suthep has betrayed his supporters. He recently promised that should violence escalates and his supporters gets hurt, he'll end the protest and tell them to go home.
Discussion 17 : 19/01/2014 at 04:23 PM
You missunderstand,as usual, the like is not for the story it is for the writers way to report about the story.
Discussion 18 : 19/01/2014 at 04:16 PM
The protestors do not trust the police for protection and will be calling the military for help rather than protecting innocent people by stopping and calling it quits. Everyone has heard the complaints and understand the views there is nothing more to gain. Protect the people and protest through the courts and legislature it is much safer and more legal.
Discussion 19 : 19/01/2014 at 04:12 PM
Lipka and Peasant, you are both correct, however, my point is that it is the job of the police to insure that the right of the people to protest is protected from those wishing to disrupt and kill. Innocent people are dying and perhaps a VISIBLE police presence might deter the violence. Nothing else seems to be working...
Discussion 20 : 19/01/2014 at 04:06 PM
Fear, threat and intimidation. When will it end ? This government is unable to govern the whole country.
Discussion 21 : 19/01/2014 at 04:05 PM
Somchai: You just repeat the same provoking message over and over again, just like a broken record. Where is the proof?
Discussion 22 : 19/01/2014 at 03:56 PM
please go home atleast think for own childrens who or at home alone make there future first if you die is no problem for you but the child you left at home will suffer alot please atleast think for them,
Discussion 23 : 19/01/2014 at 03:55 PM
The protest leaders are the ones that attacked the police neutrality and refused their assistance to maintain a peaceful atmosphere instead they kept them at an arms length. Time to end this chaos and go and vote
Discussion 24 : 19/01/2014 at 03:53 PM
RTP are professionals ? You're kidding !
Discussion 25 : 19/01/2014 at 03:52 PM
ricoaj22, choose the best of the running opposition, and vote for them. If they're good enough they'll win the middle ground at the next election and you'll get power. A 4am coup and fake civil war, is not the way.
Discussion 26 : 19/01/2014 at 03:50 PM
the put already all the footages that suit them, on youtube and facebook,
Discussion 27 : 19/01/2014 at 03:50 PM
Suthep does not want an Emergency Degree. The military does not want an Emergency Degree. The protesters don't want an Emergency Degree. Who wants an Emergency Degree ?
Discussion 28 : 19/01/2014 at 03:47 PM
Reds are saying that it is Suthep bombing/shooting his own people to get more protesters onto the streets. How stupid do they think people are. They are not brainwashed like the reds. Surely bombing or shooting would drive away many protesters. Would you go if you could end up dead or seriously injured?
Discussion 29 : 19/01/2014 at 03:47 PM
ricoaj22, Yingluck to resign because a minority want her to resign? That's not how democracy works. I think you are missing the point.
Discussion 30 : 19/01/2014 at 03:47 PM
yet another attack ordered from the pm headquarters in dubai.
Discussion 31 : 19/01/2014 at 03:47 PM
Bkk-farang, have a look at the evidence they found from the last bomb, complete with red-shirts and police logos. It's *laughably* fake. We're clearly being manipulated here to set Thai against Thai. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-d7bfIkRsn4
Discussion 32 : 19/01/2014 at 03:46 PM
@ricola, you missing the point ! ys is the elected pm nd can not leave her post until a new pm is elected ! that is the law, my friend. what suthep is besides a demagoge? i dont know.
Discussion 33 : 19/01/2014 at 03:46 PM
Reform could take years, If you don't want to register your party or you want to boycott elections then keep quiet
Discussion 34 : 19/01/2014 at 03:44 PM
Bookripper, I think it is better to wait 2 more years and have 800 million baht down the drain than seeing more lives lost and injuries and a greater division amongst Thais.
Discussion 35 : 19/01/2014 at 03:43 PM
ricoaj, If Suthep wasn't leading this band of crazed follow the leader, there wouldn't be any bomb throwing get it.
Discussion 36 : 19/01/2014 at 03:38 PM
i suggest, we end the protest and go home, its safer.
Discussion 37 : 19/01/2014 at 03:37 PM
How many Red Shirt leaders are in Jail. How many served 1 day for the deaths and burning down the city? Answer. NONE
Discussion 38 : 19/01/2014 at 03:37 PM
Nativevter, I believe the police have been given the permission to wear plain clothes as a means to blend in and not be targets. There were concerns that they could be singled out by the protesters. Not sure if the plain clothes policy also applies to the soldiers.
Discussion 39 : 19/01/2014 at 03:36 PM
It is really sad to see civilians injured, they are just sitting ducks, and innocent pawns used by Suthep to advance his destructive form of 'reform'. If his security guards could not apprehend this bomber, its high time , they all go home and vote on Feb 2nd. In the meantime ask for police protection, you are amateurs and the are professionals and not demons, as yo portray them to be
Discussion 40 : 19/01/2014 at 03:36 PM
Call off the protest and no one gets hurt. Suterp must understand that his movement is hitting the brick wall and going nowhere. His reforms have got through to the people and the next government have to respond. His stubbornness is only hurting his own supporters. Stop the protest and talk with the relevant reformists. He can still be the hero if he just step back a little for the good of the country.
Discussion 41 : 19/01/2014 at 03:24 PM
I find it sad to see how many people in this forum, and probably not only in this forum, have their mind already made up about who is responsible for this violence which happened just an hour ago. Did the red-shirts do it, because they support Thaksin and hate Suthep? Did Suthep arrange it because he wants the world to believe the others did it? We simply don’t know! Fact is: more people are injured. Fact is: till now it is not clear who the culprits are. I suggest we shouldn’t blame “the others” until we have some evidence.
Discussion 42 : 19/01/2014 at 03:23 PM
It is more likely that the PDRC is trying to boost the protests because the government has not yet resigned. Time is running out for Suthep!
Discussion 43 : 19/01/2014 at 03:22 PM
It looks like the very first steps of a civil-war :(
Discussion 44 : 19/01/2014 at 03:22 PM
It's look like Mr.T send in his red army
Discussion 45 : 19/01/2014 at 03:19 PM
how is this suthep's fault exactly, he is not the one throwing bombs at PDRC members is he
Discussion 46 : 19/01/2014 at 03:19 PM
2 more years and 800 billion baht more down the drain?
Discussion 47 : 19/01/2014 at 03:19 PM
how is that possible, there is only 1 recognized party many of whom are currently been investigated for corruption. The protesters want reform, then election. I think it is fair to assume that they will vote when there is stability and the correct circumstances in which to hold an election. 2 weeks from now is way too soon. Even die hard reds can see that
Discussion 48 : 19/01/2014 at 03:17 PM
Early reports indicated that some 20,000 police officers and soldiers were being deployed in response to the shutdown of Bangkok. Where are they? I live near Asoke and during many visits to that site, I have yet to see a single policeman or soldier there. Oh yes, there are 2-3 near Chuvit Park guarding the gate of a VIP's house. This while the common Thai people go unprotected! Madam Prime Minister, order 500 officers at each of the 7 primary shutdown sites whose mission is to serve and protect the people!!
Discussion 49 : 19/01/2014 at 03:16 PM
The same question could be asked as to why YS hasn't resigned yet as it will have the more likely outcome of people not feeling the need to occupy large parts of the capital. Or am i missing the point. There is right and wrong on both sides remember
Discussion 50 : 19/01/2014 at 03:10 PM
In my view the caretaker's government and the red shirt excercise optimal restraint in confronting the fascist anti-democratic pro-Suthep movement. I would not be suprised if it will be shown later that a "third party" or even friends of Suthep pulled the trigger Friday and today.
Discussion 51 : 19/01/2014 at 03:10 PM
In my view the caretaker's government and the red shirt excercise optimal restraint in confronting the fascist anti-democratic pro-Suthep movement. I would not be suprised if it will be shown later that a "third party" or even friends of Suthep pulled the trigger Friday and today.
Discussion 52 : 19/01/2014 at 03:08 PM
How many platoons police and army were working to keep it safe as they professed?
Discussion 53 : 19/01/2014 at 03:07 PM
As Gen. Prayuth said : The caretaker government will be held responsible for any such violence. Every attack is against the opposition , the protesters and the PDRC . Not against the caretaker government , who wants the Emergency Degree to drag the military into this conflict and call them for official help to do the work for them.
Discussion 54 : 19/01/2014 at 03:03 PM
Suthep has now accomplish in getting many people hurt. The rallys will destroy the country, hurt the people. They should've waited 2 years for the election.
Discussion 55 : 19/01/2014 at 03:03 PM
The only way to stop crazies doing crazy thing is to make voting the way to express anger, not violence. Let's do this with elections instead.
Discussion 56 : 19/01/2014 at 02:57 PM
The real face of Suthep's deviousness...we will certainly see as much as is needed to give the army the excuse it awaits to come in.
Discussion 57 : 19/01/2014 at 02:57 PM
How many more will suthep be allowed to kill before the police finally arrest him? If the government fear a violent reaction to the suthep arrest, why did they obtain an arrest warrant in the first place and do they not see that the violence is already happening now? Can somebody please explain why only one leader has been arrested and bailed, while the rest are free to cause chaos and death in the capital city?
Discussion 58 : 19/01/2014 at 02:49 PM
What idiot would click like to this sad news story. More people hurt.. Very sad for Thai people
Discussion 59 : 19/01/2014 at 02:48 PM
The "caretaker" Government's and their supporter's strategy to deal with the protesters has become quite obvious !
Discussion 60 : 19/01/2014 at 02:47 PM
The "caretaker" Government's and their supporter's strategy to deal with the protesters has become quite obvious !
Discussion 61 : 19/01/2014 at 02:44 PM
Yellows, you have cameras, and phones, so post the footage, all of it, youtube, facebook, anywhere. All the footage you have, before, during, after the bomb. The more people see the more eyes can find the culprit! If you let these bombers divide Thailand then only the creeps in the shadows win with their 4am coups. Don't let that happen!
Discussion 62 : 19/01/2014 at 02:33 PM
The real face of Shinawatra supporters. We will see more.
Discussion 63 : 19/01/2014 at 02:22 PM
Awful, avoidable tragedy that could be avoided if the right people did the right thing long ago. Journalists and peaceful protesters are seemingly the target of dark forces. Hope the injured toll doesn't rise and that those affected make a swift and full recovery

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