24 PAD Injured by Morning Bomb Attack, 1 Dead

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Earlier, Maj Gen Khattiaya Sawasdiphol, an expert attached to the Army head office, threatened the PAD with bomb attacks, saying if the protesters did not leave the Government House complex soon, they would be attacked with bombs daily.

The explosion also came after Jatuporn Promphan, a personal spokesman of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, quoted the ousted leader as saying there would be no more peace in Thailand

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One protester was killed and 26 other were injured when a bomb exploded inside the Government House complex in front of the main stage of the People’s Alliance for Democracy early Thursday morning. Guards and protesters said the explosion occurred at 3:25 am, just a day after the so-called ceasefire during the royal cremation period.

PAD guards rushed the 27 injured protesters to four hospitals. One of them later died at the hospital. He was identified as Jenjit Kladsakhon, 48. The bomb shrapnel inflicted a 2-cm-deep wound on his throat. Ten injured were rushed to the Phra Monkut Hospital, 8 to Ramathibodi Hospital, 3 to Central Hospital, 1 to Vajira Hospital and 5 to Chulalongkorn Hospital.

Police were not allowed to check the explosion scene which the PAD guards cordoned off.

Following the explosion, PAD guards would not allow anyone to leave the Government House compound unless he or she carried an ID card.

Jatuporn Promphan

Jatuporn Promphan

Sujitra Chaiphet, 55, a protester from Lampang, said she was woken up by the explosion sound.

The guards speculated that the bomb might be fired from behind the Civil Service Commission head office or from a building of the office.

She then heard a lot of people screaming painfully and saw many people covered with blood on their arms and body, most of them women.  Despite the explosion, she said she would continue her protest at the Government House.

Maj Gen Khattiaya Sawasdiphol

Maj Gen Khattiaya Sawasdiphol

Earlier, Maj Gen Khattiaya Sawasdiphol, an expert attached to the Army head office, threatened the PAD with bomb attacks, saying if the protesters did not leave the Government House complex soon, they would be attacked with bombs daily.

The explosion also came after Jatuporn Promphan, a personal spokesman of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, quoted the ousted leader as saying there would be no more peace in Thailand.

By The Nation  

 

PAD to respond to grenade attack

Core leaders of the People’s Alliance for Democracy are holding a closed-door meeting at Baan Phra Arthit to map out retaliatory measures after grenade attack which inflicted 19 casualties, including one death on Thursday’s morning.

M-79 grenade was fired with a launcher from an unknown location to attack the crowds before dawn and exploded near the PAD rally stage inside Government House, PAD spokeswoman Anchalee Paireelak said. A Chon Buri man, later identified as Jenjit Kladsakorn, 48, died upon arrival at hospital from a neck wound caused by shrapnel.

Another man Yuthachai Luepak, 39, has sustained serious injuries in the neck and nose and is undergoing surgery. Immediately after the explosion, the PAD blocked police and reporters from entering the scene. The rally activities continue and speakers take turn to address the crowds informing them about the attack and casualties.

Defence permanent secretary General Apichart Penkitti said it was difficult to prevent the attack even though authorities anticipated the eruption of violence. Apichart said the situation remained under the control of police.

By The Nation  

PAD to organise mass rally on Sunday to counter latest attack on protesters

In response the latest attack on anti-government protesters, People’s Alliance for Democracy will organise a mass rally on Sunday and will march to show their anger over the government and police’s violence on them.

PAD’s co-leader Sonthi Limthongkul said in a press conference on Thursday that the latest attack which killed one protester and injured many others clearly showed that the government joined hands with police to block the protesters’ rights of peaceful protests.

Sonthi encouraged people to join the mass rally which will start at 2pm on Sunday and they will move the protest out of the Government House. However Sonthi did not say where the protest will go.

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Grenade appears to have been fired from CSC building: police

Police bomb disposal officers checked the explosion site inside the Government House and speculated that grenade that killed protester and injured many others Thursday appeared to have fired from a grenade launcher from a building of the Civil Service Commission head office.

Metropolitan Police Division 1 Commander Pol Anan Srihiran led a team of bomb disposal officers to inspect the explosion scene.

Gen Pathompong Kesornsuk, a military officer who supports the People’s Alliance for Democracy, accompanied the police to make the inspection.

They spent about 30 minutes to gather evidences as well as took sample of the canvas roof of the tent on which the grenade fell on and exploded.

Anan said police had yet to test the gun powder left on the tent roof and other evidences before they could determine the type of the bomb. But he said it was likely that the grenade was fired with a launcher from a building of the CSC head office.

The Nation  

Police probing motives behind blast at protest site

The police are looking at three possible angles behind yesterday’s pre-dawn bomb attack on People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) protesters, according to Special-Branch Police chief Lt-General Thiradej Rodphothong The incident, which erupted inside the Government House compound, killed one person and injured 26 others.

Thiradej said the bomb attack might have been intended to boost turnout at the PAD protest site, to scare protesters out of Government House, or was the result of internal conflict in the PAD. “We will investigate further in a bid to determine what is behind the incident,

 Thiradej said. PAD protesters have camped out at Government House since late August, despite a series of violent incidents in and around the site. “The situation is worrying. The bomb attack happened despite close supervision by the police,” Thiradej said.

Police said the bomb, which exploded yesterday, might have been launched from the Council of Civil Service Office building about 50 metres away. The bomb, initially thought to be a lone 40mm explosives round, landed at around 3.25am about 15 metres from a stage where PAD announcers were reading news reports.

When it exploded, shrapnel from the bomb fatally hit Jenkij Kladsakhon, and injured several other PAD supporters. Jenkij was taken to Ramathibodi Hospital where he died while undergoing treatment.

According to the hospital, what looked like bomb shrapnel cut Jenkij’s main artery in the neck, ruptured many of his air sacs and bruised his lungs.

We will send the small metal pieces found in his wounds to experts for examination,” said Dr Wicharn Piawnim, head of the hospital’s forensic laboratory.

Jenkij left behind a wife, an 11-year-old daughter and a seven-year-old son. Jenkij’s wife, Pinyacha Sukputanont, praised her husband for serving the country. “I am proud of you,” Pinyacha said.

PAD has occupied the Government House compound since late August and has been demanding the ouster of the Somchai government. Many PAD supporters accompanied Pinchaya when she claimed her husband’s body from the Ramathibodi Hospital. They are now pressuring the police to find the culprits behind the bomb attack.

Chamlong Srimuang, a PAD leader, yesterday denounced the latest bombing attack, calling it an “embarrassing act by cowards”.

He said the victims were merely sleeping or listening to speeches from protest leaders. “If they [the assailants] are good enough, they should go to the deep South to show their skills there,” he said.

Maj-General Khattiya Sawatdiphol, an Army specialist, repeated his warning about more bombing attacks at the PAD protest site. “From now on, they will fire every night. The PAD should unconditionally return Government House to the government so that the garden party can be organised,” he said, referring to the reception for senior officials and foreign diplomatic corps ahead of His Majesty the King’s birthday on December 5.

By THE NATION Published on November 21, 2008 

PAD parades body of slain protester

Anti-government protesters and family of Janjit Kladsakorn, killed in a bomb attack on the protesters in the Government House on Thursday, parade his coffin inside the City Police headquarter. Police are alleged of being behind the attack

The People’s Alliance for Democracy paraded the body of a slain protester to the Metropolitan Police head office Thursday afternoon to denounce police for failing to keep security for protesters.

Some 500 PAD protesters moved the body of Jenkij Klubsakhon out of the Government House at 3:40 pm. Jenkij was fatally injured when a bomb exploded at the demonstration ground inside the Government House.

His wife and two children followed the coffin.

When the protesters reached in front of the Metropolitan Police head office they showed the coffin to police at the front gate and told police that a protester had been killed.

The protest leaders took turn to attack police for about 30 minutes for failing to keep security for protesters. They then moved the body to the Makut Kasat Temple for a bathing rite.

The Nation


FURTHER READING 

More News from Other Reporters

South China Morning Post (subscription), Hong Kong Thailand’s people do not deserve this chaos

The AP Associated PressThai protester’s death stirs up political waters

Christian Science Monitor, MA Nighttime attack on Thai antigovernment protesters wounds at least 20

BloombergThai Protesters to Step Up Anti-Government Campaign

Voice of America Thai Protesters Call for Massive Rally Following Grenade Attack

 

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