May 13th, 2010
12:16 PM ET

Thai protester shot, killed during violent clashes with police

An anti-government protester throws a rock at Thai riot police.

[Updated at 12:13 p.m.] An anti-government protester was shot and killed Thursday as a tense standoff continued on the streets of Bangkok.

Gunfire rang through the streets as the situation became increasingly volatile.

Earlier, the leader of the Red Shirt movement, Seh Daeng, was shot in the head while being interviewed, according to a journalist who witnessed the shooting. He was in critical condition.

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[Updated at 10:50 a.m.] Video footage taken just after the shooting in Bangkok showed the leader of anti-government protests lying on the ground, dressed in camouflage, as frantic protesters attempted to move him and get help.

Seh Daeng of the Red Shirt protesters appears to be bleeding from a head wound in the video. Footage from the hospital showed medics covering Seh's face as he was brought in on a stretcher amid a throng of media.

Thai soldiers in riot gear patrol streets in Bangkok near the 'Red Shirt' anti-government camp.

[Updated at 9:40 a.m.] A leader of anti-government protests in Thailand was shot in the head while being interviewed at the demonstrations, according to Tom Fuller of the International Herald Tribune told CNN he was interviewing Seh at the time of the shooting.

[Updated at 9:26 a.m.] Witnesses said the gunshot appeared to come from a rooftop in a corner of Bangkok's Lumpini Park, where protesters have amassed.

While it was unknown whether Thailand's military or government was behind the shooting, the government has previously made it clear it would shoot at what it called armed terrorists.

[Updated at 9:01 a.m.] A leader of anti-government protests in Thailand was in critical condition Thursday after being shot in the chest, according to his guards. Seh Daeng of the Red Shirt protesters was hospitalized, the guards said. Other sources confirmed the shooting.

A renegade Thai general, Seh is one of the Red Shirts' most radical, hard-line leaders, said CNN's Dan Rivers. Other, more moderate leaders of the organization, who had insisted the protests were peaceful, had sought to distance themselves from him.

[Posted at 8:48 a.m.] Explosions and gunfire were heard Thursday near the site of anti-government protests in Bangkok, Thailand, and at least one protest leader was shot, according to guards with the Red Shirt protesters group.

The condition of Red Shirt leader Seh Daeng was unknown.

The Red Shirt guards said that grenades had landed in the protest area.

– CNN's Kocha Olarn contributed to this report.

This story is developing. We'll bring you the latest information as we get it.

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  1. Veto the NWO

    Fight has always been Pro-Thaksin camp vs. Anti-Thaksin camp...no matter which news says what. Now Thaksin is wanted on terrorism charges and Thai gov't pressing hard for Interpol to get involved and find him, and arrest him. Too bad he's not still in a coma as many portrayed him recently. Red-shirts are "rudderless" without Thaksin support and guidance, and his main General was executed, military style.. No other leader can emerge within their so-called democracy movement. Thaksin is the only head of the dragon. His history of buying support and votes and friends will soon come to an end. (He won two elections thru vote buying and his opposition boycotted the vote, since it was too fraudulent. Election officials in jail to this day for validating the election)All major bank accounts of his allies seized. All the red leaders in detainment. Pro-Red radio stations off air, as well as magazines, newspapers, tv stations,, altho some survive via online. Pro- Red websites blocked too. The word is out TERRORISM NO LONGER WELCOME IN THAILAND.

    May 26, 2010 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Fangie

    Thank you CNN for reporting the real evidence.
    Now I can not trust thai media under Dictatorail Government.
    Thanks again

    May 27, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. henriNow

    Thaksin paid Maoist thugs and goons need to be in jail next cell over from Thaksin's. These crazy rioters do not know what democracy is. Anyone thinking otherwise is simply uninformed or brain washed.... or bribed. Thaksin has his minions on the web in force, defending the criminal slob... all paid liers like Robert Amsterdam.

    May 27, 2010 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Chartri

    CNN if you are a reliable mass media you should report the news from 2 sides. It is not only from the red-shirt. I am in Bangkok and work in the area of protest. The normalcy of my life has been changed for two months. I can not worked for nearly two weeks. Do you think this is the real democracy that the red shirts asking for ??? They do all of this for only one fugitive and terrorist, Thaksin and also for money only. Your reporters should interview the ordinary people like myself or others in the vilolence area that have very much effected from the red shirts. I never see Dan Rivers and Sarah interview the government official but just only reported with their own bias.

    May 27, 2010 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Qiu Shan He

    We at least saw some other side on the news on CNN. We are here in Thailand and can see only what the government want us to see and hear..especially now when the emergency law still impose, no station dare to say anything against the government...keep up your good job CNN
    best

    May 27, 2010 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. RAK NGSRIWONGSE

    WHATEVER HAPPENS WILL EVENTUALLY REVEAL BUT I AM ONE OF CLOSE MONITORING OF THE WHOLE SCENARIO
    FROM THE BEGINNING AND I CAN DEFINITELY CONFIRM THAT YOUR CORRESPONDENTS ARE DEFINITELY GIVING AN
    INTENTIONAL ONE SIDE STOREY FOR THE UDD AS ALL INFORMATION GIVEN ON THEIR NEWS ONLY COMES FROM ONE SIDE.
    BELIEVE ME, I KNOW WHAT I AM SAYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

    May 27, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bug

    Indeed we can a side of the truth from CNN
    But it purely one side
    CNN doesnt deserve this
    Why cant you also show the world both sides of the events?

    May 27, 2010 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. Thai Reader

    I completely agree with many ex-pat who live in Thailand that posted on this blog. CNN reports about the recent incident in Thailand is absolutely imbalance and heavily biased in support of the REDS.

    I've been living in ATLANTA for almost 20 yrs, my view toward CNN is as follows:

    1. CNN has never sided with any governments in their reports.
    The one exception, is with the current Obama's administration. They do report it more positively than previous administrations.

    2. CNN tends to emphasize the "drama" aspect in their reports. Therefore, they tend to enhance the "partriotism" aspects in their reports, but sadly, their reporters / analysts need to do a better job understanding of background leading up to each crisis being reported.

    Examples:

    Ex.1: Recent unrest in Iran following general election. It is the "patriotism" of the people against the dictatorship governing body. A lot of their iReport news really give a view to the world of what happened there. Unfortunately, the situation in Thailand is quite an opposite. We have a ligitimate government from the same election after the coup. But that convict Thaksin, who is now has a terrorist warrant, is trying to make it looked like this is a similar issue in Iran.

    Ex.2: Recent earthquack in Haiti. Most outside of US may not see this. But I watched it everyday. CNN nearly did not make much of any reports of how the local goverment it trying to cope with the situation or how the international supports are trying to coordinate together to help the people. Majority of their reports are mostly a dramatic aspects of the situation, like, Dr. Sanja Gupta (CNN reporter) helped out in the make shift hospital, treating those who suffered from various trauma etc. etc. Now a day, when the local government is much better in getting on their own feet, CNN don't even report anything from Haiti anymore.

    In conclusion,
    This CNN report "Thai protester shot, killed during violent clashes with police" is yet another prove of what CNN is about. Completely ignore truth about the violence being introduced by the REDS, the evidences of those weapons seized from the Army crack down has never been shown, completely ignore those being affected with their businesses burnt down (I'm talking mainly about thousands of those small entrepreneurs, and daily employees who now lost their jobs and work places).

    Comparing what's being reported by CNN against those from BBC, Al Jazeera, Financial Times Asia, Times, News Week, AP, Rueter, one can only wonder why CNN stands out as being REDS biased. Perhaps, it is more than just 2 of their local biased reporters. For us who consume the news, we can only voice our views. Besides, we all do develop our own judgement based on information from multiple sources.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. ThaiMan

    I only can see the real story from outside Thailand now. Thanks CNN.

    May 27, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. mbmb

    I'm sick of writing long comments. However just wanna put an end to this dirty tactic to frame your opposition party: "BUY VOTES".

    In Thailand, when you win this state/province, you say "People like us and our policy bla bla bla".
    When you lose this province, instead of accepting defeat, somebody say "They heavily buy votes from the poor."
    Howcome that never happen in the U.S. In the U.S. or England, if somebody were to offer u some small money to vote for him/her, u would probably take the money. However who u really vote is still your own decision. That is, YOU VOTE FOR WHO YOU LIKE.

    Does it ever occur to you that these so-called UNEDUCATED poor people from North and Northeastern (both accused of voting for the money) ALSO VOTE FOR WHO THEY LIKE.

    Thaksin is born in Chiangmai, and thus naturally a nothern. Does it ever occur to you that northern people vote for him cause he is a born Northern???? Same logic that people like Prachatipat in the South because of Chuan Leekpai (former southern P.M. from Prachatipat).

    In the Thai 2005 general election. Thaksin won 375 out of 500 seats. 36 out of 40 seat were won out of Bangkok, the capital where buying vote proves to be of no success.
    WHY??

    Again. Does it ever occur to you that, Thaksin got more votes because majority of the people WANT him to become P.M.???
    link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thai_general_election,_2005
    So much for BUYING VOTEs. Hey the charge comes in pretty handy Huh, for a billionaire like Thaksin!

    May 27, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  11. alisco20

    I have another questions: The Thai government told that there were some terrorists among the Redshirt demonstraters. But in the South of Thailand and other counties, terrorists never wait to create the violence during the demonstration only.And why before the Redshirt semonstration thee was no terrorist's action in Bangkok ?

    May 28, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  12. thargyi

    lol. CNN is hijacked by yellow shirts. it's really disturbing. But i understand that CNN is CNN and government mouthpiece yellow shirt is yellow shirt. Keep it up man.

    May 28, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. we love out counties

    Do you understand reality crisis in THAILAND ? Or do you want Thaksin maney However who get Thaksin can't get pappy we love out counties and you love your counties

    May 29, 2010 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  14. Brayden Sanchez

    instrumental music is very soothing and relaxing.~";

    June 22, 2010 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  15. beachbody

    mmmm, I think you may be right in what you have said in this article. Whoever there will be many people will disagree with you

    July 17, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
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