Another bomb blast rocks Bangkok

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Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban

At least 28 were injured by a bomb explosion at an anti-government protest site in central Bangkok on January 19 at around 1.30pm.

According to eyewitnesses, unidentified men on motorcycles threw grenades at the backside of a rally stage, of which one exploded and the blast hit protesters, nearby street vendors, as well as a newspaper journalist.

It was the second bomb attack in broad daylight after a similar explosive device injured 36 and killed one person on January 17. There were also occasional shootings in the past few nights that left a number of people injured.

Ambulances were seen rushing to the scene at Victory Monument, one of the major rally sites of the protesters.

Meanwhile, street protests are going on in Bangkok, with people marching across the city every day. It is now the sixth day of the Bangkok “shutdown” that has adverse effects on business and tourism in the Thai capital.

The protests by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee may become more violent in the coming week and the emergency decree may have to be invoked, National Security Council secretary-general Paradorn Pattanatabut said.

Federation of Thai Industries vice chairman Thanit Sorat also said the period leading up to the general election on February 2 could see more violence. Thailand could be falling into the “status of a failed state”, and this will wipe out economic confidence, he warned.

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Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban

At least 28 were injured by a bomb explosion at an anti-government protest site in central Bangkok on January 19 at around 1.30pm.

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Suthep
Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban

At least 28 were injured by a bomb explosion at an anti-government protest site in central Bangkok on January 19 at around 1.30pm.

According to eyewitnesses, unidentified men on motorcycles threw grenades at the backside of a rally stage, of which one exploded and the blast hit protesters, nearby street vendors, as well as a newspaper journalist.

It was the second bomb attack in broad daylight after a similar explosive device injured 36 and killed one person on January 17. There were also occasional shootings in the past few nights that left a number of people injured.

Ambulances were seen rushing to the scene at Victory Monument, one of the major rally sites of the protesters.

Meanwhile, street protests are going on in Bangkok, with people marching across the city every day. It is now the sixth day of the Bangkok “shutdown” that has adverse effects on business and tourism in the Thai capital.

The protests by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee may become more violent in the coming week and the emergency decree may have to be invoked, National Security Council secretary-general Paradorn Pattanatabut said.

Federation of Thai Industries vice chairman Thanit Sorat also said the period leading up to the general election on February 2 could see more violence. Thailand could be falling into the “status of a failed state”, and this will wipe out economic confidence, he warned.

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