Gunmen fire on Thai anti-government protestAgence France-Presse . Bangkok / New Age Online
Several Thai anti-government protesters were wounded after gunmen opened fire on a rally site in Bangkok, authorities said Saturday, as tensions rise ahead of a planned city-wide ‘hutdown’ to heap more pressure on the caretaker government.
The kingdom is the grip of a political crisis that has led to parliament being dissolved amid mass protests to topple prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and end the influence on Thai politics of her wildly divisive brother, Thaksin.
Protesters are seeking to block a snap election called for February 2, and want Yingluck to resign immediately.
One protester was seriously wounded after unknown gunmen fired their weapons at the protesters' main rally site in the capital in two separate attacks early Saturday, Thai police told AFP.
‘The first attack occurred at 2:30am (local time) wounding two people, including a protest security guard. The second took place a few hours later wounding five protesters,’ according to police lieutenant general Prawut Thavornsiri of the Royal Thai Police.
The toll was confirmed by the city's Erawan emergency medical centre, who said one man remained in a ‘critical condition’.
Eight people, including a policeman, have been killed and dozens injured in street violence in recent weeks, and the government has voiced fears of more bloodshed as protesters refuse to back down in their efforts to oust the Shinawatras.
Authorities have raised fears that a planned ‘shutdown’ by the anti-government protesters on Monday could lead to more violence.
One company of soldiers was deployed at each of 37 locations -- including government offices -- across the capital on Friday night, an army spokesman told AFP.
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