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    Gunfire and Explosions heard in Central Bangkok

    SKYNews in the UK reporting gunfire and explosions heard in central Bangkok where Red Shirt protesters are camped.

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    Re: Gunfire and Explosions heard in Central Bangkok

    Seh Daeng reportedly shot, perhaps by sniper. There'll be elements of the army out for his blood after the deaths of the soldiers on 10 April, so that's not impossible.

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    Re: Gunfire and Explosions heard in Central Bangkok

    Sae Daeng apparently taken to Hua Chiew hospital, possibly shot in the head. A lot of reports, nothing clear or confirmed yet though.

    Not only revenge, but targeting him might perhaps be turning the tactics he used against the army back on him. Take out the strategic commander and his men will be in the dark?
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    Re: Gunfire and Explosions heard in Central Bangkok

    Channel 7 is reporting the sound of gunfire going on now but less intense than it was a few minutes ago.

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    Re: Gunfire and Explosions heard in Central Bangkok

    Sae Daeng now reported to have died (Nation TV), not confirmed.

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    Re: Gunfire and Explosions heard in Central Bangkok

    Gunfire 'heard in Thai capital Bangkok'

    Gunfire has been heard in the Thai capital Bangkok hours after a deadline for thousands of protesters to clear a camp expired.

    It was not clear where the firing was coming from or if anyone was hurt.

    Earlier, a BBC reporter saw trucks unloading heavily-armed soldiers several blocks from the encampment.

    The military had said it would start surrounding the protest camp at 1800 (1100 GMT) and advised people to leave the area.

    Shops and businesses were urged to close and transport was suspended.

    The protesters, known as the red-shirts, want Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to dissolve parliament and call fresh elections.

    The BBC's Rachel Harvey in Bangkok says a column of about 200 soldiers had been seen moving towards the camp.

    There was a short volley of gunfire and reports of an explosion, she said.

    Street lights have been switched off in the camp, plunging it into darkness, but protesters continue to defiantly blast out music, our correspondent says.

    Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asi...ic/8680455.stm


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    Re: Gunfire and Explosions heard in Central Bangkok

    Erawan Centre has not yet received reports of other gunshot injuries or hospital cases. Sae Daeng undergoing emergency treatment.
    New York Times reporting he was shot while being interviewed by the International Herald Tribune:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/14/wo...ef=global-home
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    Re: Gunfire and Explosions heard in Central Bangkok

    Channel TNN is running a news report at the bottom of their picture saying that Seh Daeng's condition is "improving"

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    Re: Gunfire and Explosions heard in Central Bangkok

    Thai General Aligned with Red Shirts Shot

    A Thai general aligned with the country's Red Shirt anti-government protesters has been shot, as security forces begin a crackdown on their encampment in downtown Bangkok.

    VOA Correspondent Daniel Schearf in Bangkok reports witnessing the general, known as Seh Daeng, being shot, possibly by a sniper, within the so-called Red Shirt protesters barricaded rally site.

    There are also reports of gunfire and other explosions inside the encampment.

    Thai security forces are forming a blockade around the site in an effort to force the protesters out. An Army spokesman Col. Sansern Kaewkamnerd said snipers will be deployed, and are prepared to fire live ammunition if necessary.

    Security forces say they also will send armored vehicles to surround the site.

    The protesters, known as the Red Shirts, have occupied the upscale neighborhood for several weeks, as they demand the resignation of Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's.

    Thai authorities increased pressure on the Red Shirts after the protesters failed to leave the rally site, despite agreeing to a reconciliation plan that called for early elections.

    Red Shirt leaders say they are prepared to confront the soldiers if they storm the outpost.

    The planned blockade comes after the Thai government backed down from a vow to shut off vital supplies, including food, water and electricity, to the encampment Wednesday. It was called off after residents complained they would be affected the most.

    The Red Shirts have been marching and occupying parts of Bangkok since March. The mostly poor, rural and urban workers are supporters of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a 2006 coup. They claim Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's government was installed illegitimately after a court forced a pro-Thaksin government to dissolve.

    Mr. Abhisit offered last week to dissolve parliament and hold new elections on November 14, more than a year ahead of schedule, in hopes of ending a crisis that has claimed the lives of 29 people. The death toll includes 25 people killed during an April 10 clash between the protesters and Thai security forces.

    The Red Shirts accepted the proposal in principle earlier this month. But they later made a new demand for Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban to face criminal charges for his role in the April 10 crackdown.

    Source: http://www1.voanews.com/english/news...-93672929.html


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    Re: Gunfire and Explosions heard in Central Bangkok

    Conflicting Reports!! Channel7 is reporting that Seh Daeng was shot in the head and is unconscious!! He is in Hua Chiaw hospital

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