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3 Injured In Explosion At Yellow-Shirt Rally In Bangkok

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Two injured in grenade attack at PAD rally

By The Nation

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An assailant hurled an M26 grenade at the back of the rally stage of the People's Alliance for Democracy late Tuesday night, injuring two men, police said.

The explosion occurred at 10:30 pm, prompting several senior police officers to rush to the demonstration site at the Makkhawan Rangsan Bridge on Rajdamnone Road.

Inspecting the scene were Deputy Police Commissioner-General Pol Gen Phanupong Singhara na Ayutthaya, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Pol Lt Gen Jakthip Chaijinda, Metropolitan Police Division 1 Commander Poj Maj Gen Wichai Sangpraphai and bomb disposal officers from the Metropolitan Police Bureau.

The two injured men were identified as Nupan Phuthongnern, 56, from Udon Thani and Phaithoon Wisetsri, 57.

Nupan, an ice cream vendor, was severely injured as the impact smashed his right leg bone, causing massive bleeding. Both men were rushed to the Vatchara Hospital.

The blast damaged a motorcycle of a demonstrator, Prakarn Prasopchoke, 28, and the ice cream cart of Nupan.

Police found a safety pin of M26 about 10 metres away on the other side of the bridge next to Krung Kasem Road.

Prasopchoke said he parked his motorcycle to join the rally for just 15 minutes before he heard the explosion from the direction where he parked his bike. He rushed back to see his bike and the ice cream cart catching fire. Protesters quickly extinguished the fire and alerted police to inspect the scene.

Wichai, the Metropolitan Police Division 1 chief, said witnesses saw a suspect riding a motorcycle to the bridge and lobbed the grenade before fleeing to the direction of Thewakam Intersection.

When police were inspecting the scene, PAD co-leader Chamlong Srimuang came out to talk to the police officers. He criticized the police for failing to keep security at the rally site.

Chamlong spoke on the stage Wednesday morning, calling on police to provide security for the yellow-shirt demonstrators, saying they were rallying to defend Thai territory.

Shortly after the blast, Suwit Nualmanee, a PAD spokesman, informed the demonstrators of the incident, urging them to go on campaigning for the people to cast "no-voting" ballot.

He said the explosion would not be able to stop the PAD from campaigning against the election.

The PAD's campaigns for voters to say no to the election by marking the "no-voting" slot on ballot papers faded out from public attention since the first day of candidacy registration.

The PAD's campaigns came under the spot light again following the explosion.

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-- The Nation 2011-06-01

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Metropolitan Police chief says bombing at PAD rally carried out by bomb experts /TAN_Network

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Metropolitan Police chief says bombing at PAD rally carried out by bomb experts /TAN_Network

So, it was staged then? That is one way of getting media attention.

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Metropolitan Police chief says bombing at PAD rally carried out by bomb experts /TAN_Network

wow, you need to be an expert to throw a grenade?

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So, it was staged then? That is one way of getting media attention.

probably fake rreds............

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While I have no love for the Yellow Shirts they do get bombed a lot. How many times they had grenades thrown at them in the last few years?

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Metro Police Bureau hunts bomber, steps up security at PAD Rajdamnoen Road protest site after explosive device hurled near stage, wounding two /MCOT

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Metropolitan police chief says fire bomb used in PAD attack

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Pol Lt Gen Jakthip Chaijinda said Wednesday that the bomb used in the attack at the yellow-shirt rally site late Tuesday was not meant for killing.

Jaktip said the bomb was not an M26 grenade as initially believed but it was a fire bomb assembled by an expert.

He said the bomb was meant for making sound and fire.

"The one who assembled it must have good knowledge in bomb assembling. We believe it was meant for creating a situation during the election run-up as the attacker did not aim to take lives," Jakthip said.

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-- The Nation 2011-06-01

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Metropolitan Police chief says bombing at PAD rally carried out by bomb experts /TAN_Network

So, it was staged then? That is one way of getting media attention.

probably fake rreds............

why bother posting this nonsense?

Given your reasoning...probably Dems/ army worried about the no vote campaign causing them to lose

...probably yellows trying to create sympathy & media coverage

We've certainly heard enough claims of reds killing reds...

Get a grip and have a point to your posts!

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Deja vu for Red Shirt Bombers taking on PAD rallies...

City police have seized a huge cache of military weapons and ammunition that they believe were intended to be used to create chaos during today's rallies.

Thawatchai had two improvised explosive devices with him.

One of the bombs was set to detonate by a clock and another by a cellphone.

After receiving the report, Police searched a flea market on Rama 2 Road Soi 2 and apprehended four other suspects.

They also seized a huge cache of military grade weapons and ammunition including a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, three RPG-2 rounds, 34 M79 rounds, 35 M60 rounds and 300 rounds of assorted ammunition.

All of the suspects, who were former red-shirt guards, said they were hired to stage bombings at the TPN and PAD rallies to incite disorder.

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While I have no love for the Yellow Shirts they do get bombed a lot. How many times they had grenades thrown at them in the last few years?

Throwing grenades at your opponents is what true democracy is about

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While I have no love for the Yellow Shirts they do get bombed a lot. How many times they had grenades thrown at them in the last few years?

that would naturally lead to the question of how many times the reds get bombed?

not many..........

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Metropolitan Police chief says bombing at PAD rally carried out by bomb experts /TAN_Network

So, it was staged then? That is one way of getting media attention.

probably fake rreds............

why bother posting this nonsense?

Given your reasoning...probably Dems/ army worried about the no vote campaign causing them to lose

...probably yellows trying to create sympathy & media coverage

We've certainly heard enough claims of reds killing reds...

Get a grip and have a point to your posts!

''why bother posting this nonsense?''

''Get a grip and have a point to your posts!''

thats rich coming from you..........LOL :lol:

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With elections coming soon, we might see more events like this, involving all sides.... Nasty campaign. I am not sure that these elections will bring any solution to the divisions that this country is facing.

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Blast wounds two at Thai political rally: police

BANGKOK, June 1, 2011 (AFP) - Two people were injured in a blast believed to have been caused by a hand grenade at a political protest by Thailand's "Yellow Shirt" demonstrators near Government House, police said Wednesday.

The blast occurred late Tuesday when two men on a motorcycle tossed the device behind a stage at the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) rally, said Major General Wichai Sungprapai from Bangkok Metropolitan Police.

"The incident happened at around 10:30 pm (1530 GMT). One man, an ice-cream vendor, was critically wounded, and the other man, a protester, was slightly injured," he told AFP.

"We believe perpetrators wanted to incite unrest. There were some 200 protesters at the time of the bomb attack," he said.

Hundreds of the royalist PAD have camped out around the Thai government's compound since late January, demonstrating against its handling of a border dispute with neighbouring Cambodia.

In Thailand's divisive and colour-coded politics, the yellow-clad group has helped unseat three governments in under five years, including that of fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

The movement has been aligned to Thailand's ruling Democrat Party in the past, but the relationship appears to have soured, and the Yellows' leaders have urged people to reject all the candidates in July 3 general elections.

There are fears that the hard-fought campaign will bring fresh violence to the country, where more than 150 candidates in the vote have sought around-the-clock police protection, officials said Tuesday.

The election will be the first since Thailand was rocked by its deadliest political violence in decades last year, when more than 90 people died in a series of clashes between armed police and opposition "Red Shirt" protesters.

Last week police said they were seeking the 75 "most wanted" professional killers in Thailand, announcing a bounty of up to 100,000 baht ($3,300) each, in an attempt to boost security ahead of the polls.

An opposition politician was shot and wounded in early May in what the authorities said appeared to be a politically motivated attack.

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-- (c) Copyright AFP 2011-06-01

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