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BANGKOK: A grenade attack on protesters occupying the Thai prime minister's office in Bangkok kills one person and wounds 23, the most serious assault on the three-month sit-in, police and protest leaders said. The deadly attack is the most serious assault on the three month sit-in at the Thai prime minister's office. The Bangkok Post...

SAMAA | - Posted: Nov 20, 2008 | Last Updated: 12 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Nov 20, 2008 | Last Updated: 12 years ago
Grenade attack at Thai protest kills one

BANGKOK: A grenade attack on protesters occupying the Thai prime
minister's office in Bangkok kills one person and wounds 23, the most serious
assault on the three-month sit-in, police and protest leaders said.
The deadly attack is the most serious assault on the three month sit-in
at the Thai prime minister's office.
The Bangkok Post said an M-79 grenade had exploded near the main stage
of the protest, which began in late August to force the elected government
from power.
Police said the attack occurred at around 3:25 a.m. local time
(2015GMT), but they were barred from entry to the compound and so had little
information.
The Nation newspaper identified the dead person as a 48-year-old man who
died of shrapnel wounds to the throat.
The People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) protest is led by royalist
businessmen and academics trying to prevent former leader Thaksin Shinawatra
returning to power following his removal in a 2006 coup.
The PAD campaign, which started in late 2005 and contributed heavily to
the coup, has paralysed government decision-making and exacerbated the threat
of recession in Thailand as its export-oriented economy takes a hit from a
global slowdown.
Thailand's political temperature has been relatively calm for the last
two weeks, with many people in both the pro- and anti-government camps turning
their attention to last weekend's high-profile cremation of the king's elder
sister.
Last month, one renegade old general threatened to launch daily bomb
attacks against the PAD.
A PAD speaker read a letter on stage from protest leader Chamlong
Srimuang vowing to respond to the latest attack, the most serious in a spate
of small grenades lobbed at the protest venue in the last month.
There was no immediate comment from the government of Prime Minister
Somchai Wongsawat, who is Thaksin's brother-in-law.
Since the PAD overran the Government House compound in August, Somchai
has been working out of temporary offices at Bangkok's old airport.

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