Saturday, November 29, 2008

Violence in Bangkok

Bangkok update: The peaceful phase of the demonstration in Thailand has come to an end. According to Reuters:

Grenade blast wounds 46 protesters in Bangkok

A grenade blast wounded 46 anti-government protesters in Bangkok, hospital officials said on Sunday, the latest escalation in the country’s increasingly violent political crisis.

The blast occurred around midnight at Government House, where thousands of supporters of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), who have occupied the prime minister’s compound since August in a bid to unseat him, were attending a rally.

A spokeswoman for the Erawan Medical Center said at least 46 people had been wounded.

Channel 3 television showed footage of the wounded being rushed to hospital in pickup trucks. It said at least two people were in critical condition.

Hat tip: heroyalwhyness.

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