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    Police: 20 wounded in grenade attack at Silom; Gen. Khattiya most seriously injured; hundreds of troops statoned at Hua Chiew Hospital
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    Dissident Thai General Shot; Army Moves to Face Protesters

    Dissident Thai General Shot - Army Moves to Face Protesters - NYTimes.com



    Gen. Khattiya Sawatdiphol, a renegade Thai general also known as Seh Daeng, was shot minutes after this photograph was taken on Thursday.
    By THOMAS FULLER

    Published: May 13, 2010



    BANGKOK — A renegade Thai general was shot in Bangkok on Thursday as the military prepared to encircle the barricaded encampment of anti-government protesters.


    The general, Khattiya Sawatdiphol, 59, was struck in the head by a bullet during an interview with this reporter about 6:50 p.m.. on the street in central Bangkok, near a park occupied by his hardline followers. This reporter, who was facing the general and about two feet away, heard a loud bang not unlike a firecracker. The general fell to the ground, with his eyes wide open, and protesters rushed his apparently lifeless body to the hospital.

    “Seh Daeng has been shot! She Daeng has been shot!” protesters shouted amid growing panic.

    Gunshots were heard in the minutes following, and there were later reports that 20 people had been injured, though whether from gunfire, a stampede, or some other cause was unclear. Within hours, protesters were clashing with security forces in Bangkok’s Lumpini Park.

    The general, commonly known as Seh Daeng, was abhorred by both the government for disloyalty and also by most of the protest leaders for what they suspected was his role in fomenting violence. Still, he had assumed control of security for the protesters and had modest but intensely loyal following among them.

    When the bullet struck him Gen. Khattiya was answering a question about whether the Thai military would be able to penetrate the protest area, which is ringed by a series of barricades constructed out of old tires and bamboo stakes.

    The government announced earlier on Thursday that armored personnel carriers would be used to cordon off the area in what appeared to be the beginning of an operation to disperse the thousands of protesters who are camped out outside shopping malls and luxury hotels.

    Protesters, known as the red shirts, started their mass demonstration two months ago seeking the dissolution of parliament. But the movement has fractured and their ultimate aims have become less clear.

    Gen. Khattiya’s last words before being shot were, “The military cannot get in here.” Those words were spoken in Thai; he sometimes also spoke in broken English.
    Commanding his own paramilitary force of former Rangers, Gen. Khattiya has been suspended without pay from the armed forces. A special committee is considering whether to strip him of his rank. His involvement with the protest movement underlines fractures within the military and more broadly in Thai society after four years of political turmoil.

    The general had been called a terrorist by the prime minister, who named him as the chief obstacle to a compromise plan to end a two-month sit-in here in return for an election in November. But protest leaders had disavowed him months ago. Still, black-shirted members of the paramilitary force that he commanded and trained have been standing guard at the entrances of the their encampment.

    In an interview on Sunday, he denied being responsible for any violence. “I deny!” he cried in English, with a laugh, when asked about the dozens of bombings that have set Bangkok on edge and about the mysterious black-shirted killers who escalated the violence on April 10 that killed 25 soldiers and civilians. “No one ever saw me.”

    A tentative deal had been reached between the protesters and the government of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, only to fall apart this week.


    This reporter, who was facing the general and about two feet away, heard a loud bang not unlike a firecracker. The general fell to the ground, with his eyes wide open, and protesters rushed his apparently lifeless body to the hospital.
    Scary.

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    Reports have surfaced that several key leaders of the red-shirt movement have resigned after Major General Katthiya Sawasdiphol, or Seh Daeng, was shot by a sniper this evening. They include Weera Musikapong, Wisa Kanthap and Paijit Aksornnarong. Meanwhile, several key members, such as Weng Tojirakarn, Jaran Dittapichai and Korkaew Pikulthong are considering leaving the movement.

    - Almost no movement from Lumpini Park where another group of red-shirt protesters are gathering except earlier reports of street lamps being smashed and CCTV cameras destroyed by the red-shirt protesters.

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    The Erawan centre director exprerssed concern about tonight, about what could happen next.
    23 minutes ago via TweetDeck

    AT least two other medical sources told us Seh Daeng's conditions were severe.
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    seh daeng's daughter has also said her father "is in a coma".
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    "Slavery is the daughter of darkness; an ignorant people is the blind instrument of its own destruction; ambition and intrigue take advantage of the credulity and inexperience of men who have no political, economic or civil knowledge. They mistake pure illusion for reality, license for freedom, treason for patriotism, vengeance for justice."-Simón Bolívar

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    RT [at]PatJit: Dr.Malinee said Seh Daeng's brain, lungs R dead, only his heart still beating w/ respirator.Waiting 4 BP 2 go up enuf 4 surgery.
    4 minutes ago via TweetDeck

    This doesn't make sense. If his brain is dead, he's dead....you don't perform surgery on a corpse. Maybe they mean a coma.

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    farangone RT [at]RedPhanFa2Day: A clash has broken out between soldiers and reds at Lumpini- rocks vs. rubber bullets. #udd #redshirts
    less than a minute ago from web

    Lots of tweets on this, reporting the same info.

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    More shots reported from inside Lumpini, where troops have apparently taken up positions.

    Clash at Gate #2, troops and Reds.

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    SOE confirmed in 15 more provinces.

    Friend of tweeter/journo says Red supporters are heading down en masse.

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    RT [at]Journotopia: At least a dozen shots fired, possibly from park across from U Chu Liang building. One sounded like a rifle shot.
    6 minutes ago via Echofon

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    RedPhanFa2Day Fierce clashes underway between troops and protesters at Lumpini, 20 #redshirts injured #udd
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    This is from the UDD twitter page MSD....

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    Shooting continuing at Lumpini; two shot, one protester dead. Ambulances arriving.

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    Female UDD supporter heading for the rally zone (having watched the TV news reports): "let's go die" Female UDD supporter heading for the rally zone (having watched the TV news reports): "let's go die"

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    More gunfire. Soldiers are shooting live rounds on unarmed protesters.

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    RT [at]Saksith: RT [at]RichardBarrow: CNN: Dan Rivers is now reporting live from the streets of Bangkok by phone. "One protester shot and killed".

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    My father is in a coma : Lt Gen Katthiya's daughter

    My father is in a coma : Lt Gen Katthiya's daughter
    Katthiya, the daughter of Lt Gen Khattiya Sawasdipol, said her father is critically injured and is in a coma.

    "If he does not pull through, I will decide later what should be done next," she said.

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    Thai red-shirt supporter Gen Khattiya shot

    Thai red-shirt supporter Gen Khattiya shot


    The BBC's Rachel Harvey says Gen Khattiya was quickly taken to hospital

    A renegade Thai general who backs anti-government protesters has been shot, shortly after a deadline for troops to seal their Bangkok protest camp passed.

    Khattiya Sawasdipol, better known as Seh Daeng (Commander Red), was shot in the head and seriously injured.

    An explosion reportedly coincided with gunfire, and there have been reports of more casualties including a protester who was also shot in the head.

    The military had earlier said it would lock down the protesters' large camp.

    In another development, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is to extend a state of emergency in place for the capital and surrounding areas to 15 more provinces, a security official said.

    In Bangkok, people were urged to leave the area, and shops and businesses were advised to close before the 1800 (1100 GMT) deadline passed. Public transport was suspended in the area.

    KHATTIYA SAWASDIPOL

    Describes himself as a key military adviser to the red-shirts
    Suspended from duty in the Thai army where he has the rank of major-general
    Dubbed Seh Daeng (English: Commander Red), enjoys a cult following among the opposition's radical wing

    Aged 58, has likened himself to the Mel Gibson character in the film Braveheart



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    The man who was shot, Seh Daeng, is a suspended army officer who describes himself as the red-shirts' military strategist.

    He is part of the protesters' more radical wing and had accused red-shirt leaders - many of whom have distanced themselves from him - of not being hard-line enough.

    Circumstances surrounding the shooting, near the Silom business area, are not clear.

    However, the New York Times reported that Seh Daeng was shot in the head during an interview with one of its reporters.

    Sean Boonpracong, international spokesman for the red-shirt movement, told the BBC he believed an army sniper had shot the general.

    Earlier a military spokesman, Col Sansern Kaewkumnerd, had warned that sharpshooters armed with live ammunition would move into position in the area.
    The Thai government has so far not commented on the shooting.

    Since the incident, no other violence has been reported although the capital remains tense.

    Street lights have been switched off in the protesters' camp, plunging parts of it into darkness, but they continue to defiantly blast out music, the BBC's Rachel Harvey says.

    Earlier in the day BBC reporters saw trucks unloading heavily-armed soldiers several blocks from the encampment, and later a group of about 200 soldiers moving towards it.

    Elections demanded

    The protesters - who have been occupying parts of Bangkok for more than two months - want Mr Abhisit to dissolve parliament and call fresh elections.

    Their camp stretches from the city's shopping district south to its business hub.

    Mr Abhisit is under severe pressure to end the protests, which have paralysed Bangkok since 14 March.

    He had offered polls on 14 November - but the two sides failed to agree a deal because of divisions over who should be held accountable for a deadly crackdown on protests last month.

    The 10 April operation left 19 protesters, one journalist and five soldiers dead.


    BBC News - Thai red-shirt supporter Gen Khattiya shot

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    Are we starting a new thread? If so here are some interesting recent tweets...

    This one will no doubt start a whole conspiracy theory style thing...

    Panitan: Govt had nothing to do with Seh Daeng attack.
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    TR [at]lekasina: RT [at]b_surisa: Erawan centre reports 9 are injured and 2 of them in critically incuding Seh Daeng.
    less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

    Hua Chiew Hospital director confirms that Seh Daeng has been moved to Vajira Hospital. #js100 radio
    2 minutes ago via TweetDeck

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    Apparently the dead guy from Gate #2 incident is not actually dead.

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    Some 20 protesters injured by rubber bullets

    Some 20 protesters injured by rubber bullets
    Thai PBS reported that troops clashed with red-shirt protesters at the Lumpini Park at 20:40 pm, injuring some 20 protesters.

    The protesters tried to trap the troops inside the Lumpini Park and tried to demolish blockade on the Rama IV Road.

    Troops then fired rubber bullets at the protesters, causing them to retreat to Rajprasong and the authorities managed to block all sides of Rajprasong rally zone.

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    CRES extends state of emergency

    CRES extends state of emergency
    About 10.40pm, the Centre for Resolution of Emergency Situation announced the extension of state of emergency to more provinces in the North and the Northeast such as Chiang Mai, Udon Thani and Nakhon Ratchasima in addition to existing areas around Bangkok and nearby which was announced on April 7, 2010.
    The reason given that there are attempts to create extreme violences in the said areas.


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    CNN Dan Rivers: The crowd here is furious. They have moved out of their barricades. Their own this street.

    And another explosion at Sala Daeng minutes ago.

    Erawan confirms 9 injured so far tonight, 2 critical, including the formerly dead guy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mao say dung
    including the formerly dead guy.

    That's all we need. Zombies now.

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