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. nini9226

    Seh Daeng is dead as reported

    May 13, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. thai justice

    Finally someone got this crazy, rogue army officer. Say Dang was a nut. Most likely a planned assassination.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. henryk pagiela

    yes we can hear gunshots,gunfire from our hotel –roof ,(Sukhumwit area) very sad

    May 13, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kirk

    Sae Dang is fine. So shame about CNN.reporter

    May 13, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  5. jasmine

    Is Sukhumvit area safe??? I wil be travelling to Bangkok tomorrow... kinda worried as we are tourist..

    May 13, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • weela

      hi if you like to know any thing about sukhomvit ijust come back from bankok from sukhomvit can you send to me your e.mail and your tell and iwill call you or you can send masseage to me hope to hear from you soon weela

      May 21, 2010 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. Breanna Stuckey

    what was the purpose of this whole fight

    May 13, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • ML

      the darn government doesn't want to dissolve the parliament coz he afraid that he cannot has his chair back
      Therefore, killing is easier than dissolving Parliament.

      Who ever opposed him will be vanished.

      May 19, 2010 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      you have to ask Taksin Shinnawat what he wants from all violent matters occurred in Thailand cos he is the one who takes control of these. Red shirts call him "BIG BOSS"

      May 20, 2010 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
  7. wally zebco

    Tourist are not affected by this. Unless you want to be paid by Shinawat as well

    May 13, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • ML

      really? could you explain how it does not affect Thai tourism?

      May 19, 2010 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  8. Brian

    Jasmine, the sukhumvit area is generally ok, just don't head down towards Wireless, as it is all blocked off from there down past the Siam BTS stop. Make sure you carry your passport on you and have the number for your country's embassy just in case...

    May 13, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. Cyrus Howell

    The Red Shirts kept making new demands. They could not be satisfied and the Thai government realized it is time to take action. The Red Shirts have lost some of their popular support because the are unreasonable people. This is not the Paris Commune. 21rst century problems will not be solved by trying to cause a revolution.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. mangkud

    I feel extremely relieved. I'm buddhist so I can't celebrate. This guy and Thaksin have killed many people like noone in Thailand ever was. They who are using innocent people as a tool to plot the crime scenes. They don't care if anyone would die and their family would be left in hardship. Now Seh Daeng. I hope next is Thaksin. God Bless Thailand and our king. Thailand will survive.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ivan Libya

    Just goes to show you government cannot be trusted as they will kill anyone who goes not go alone with their plan! Government in all forms must be brought down!

    May 13, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jjat

    From what he has done. I think he deserved this. He planned and organized attacks on the military; bombs, drive by's. Red Shirts will never achieve their goal in attacking the monarch. There are still millions of people that are willing to die for the King.
    Long live the king.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      Agree with you

      May 20, 2010 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. world watch dog

    The outcome of the thai royal goverment has fail, and there will be no peace at any point, if you kill a protester that is up rising for the democracy then you are a dictator goverment which should not be respect by the world and united nation, and if the world nation allow that to happen then they should no longer be the be respected also, it there duty to bring to those country peace and prosperity, for democracy and freedom in every corner of the globe...

    May 13, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • ML

      +100 nice speech!

      May 19, 2010 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Plato

      Come on, every rational people know full well that the red shirts protesters (many of whom should be rightly called terrorists) deserved what they got. Look at all the weapons that have been seized from the crime scene and the attacks the red shirts made on the army and the innocent bystanders. The red shirts clearly were preparing for a war and they did start the war. So the war was exactly what they got. I'm actually very surprised that there were only 40+ deaths reported so far. I had anticipated more deaths and I think that most Thai should think that even more deaths are justified.

      May 21, 2010 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
    • tandyca

      I guess you are totally right...keep forwards with an open heart...and open minded ...thanks. The government had totally failed in their acts...of Re-united Thai people at the beginning since when he had made a promise. They had spent most of their time for hunting all those cases of the red shirts but not the yellow shirts.
      If the government did their job as a promise..TO RE-UNITED THAIS...This incident would have not ever occured of the lost of lives of both sides and the disaster of Bangkok and people. I am so sorry for that...I did not wish it to be happened but the ANGERS....that why the government had pointed finger of firing those red shirt protestors and the Red shirt protestors could not manage all those situation so...BURNS...because of both ANGERS so leading all disaster at the end. I think no one to be blamed but pull back and forgive each others for the sake of Thailand. I know it is hard to do so..but your people have to try.

      May 25, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jasmine

    Thanks Brian for your info..

    May 13, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • weela

      can you send to me your e.mail and iwill call you and tell you every thing please if you dont mind send to me your tell and iwll call you soon weela

      May 21, 2010 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
    • weela

      May 21, 2010 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
  15. mangkud

    They are not protestors. They are terrerists. You have to look at these red shirts' leaders' resume and what they have done in the past. I feel no mercy for them seriously. It's not that I am on the government's side. Please do not get political clouded in your head. The situation is already far beyond the politics. Why you think that the government ordered the assacination?? Think about it carefully, you might fall into their trap?? How many people has Seh Daeng already killed?? The people who he hated and killed are those who protected the country and the king. He killed innocent good people because they happenned to be on the different sides. So please do not cry for the democracy for Seh Daeng and Thaksin because they do not deserve it. Last but not least, no democracy for the terrorists like Seh Daeng and Thaksin.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • ML

      So Thailand viewed Taksin as the head of this chaos, yes? What in the world, why all of nations he went to never operate to hunt him for us? think about it carefully. you might fell in the trap too?

      it is like the case of national crime, Thai police captured one of Billadin's crews. All the world try to catch him! but not Takky, why? please, enlighten me

      May 19, 2010 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Plato

      There are many many reasonable explanations why the world is not after Thaksin. First many see him as a victim of a coup which has brought him sympathy – and for a good reason. (I'm not gonna elaborate here why he was kicked out of his premiership by a coup – and that is arguably for a good reason too! ) Second he is so wealthy that he could use his money to buy all the convenience and false representation he can get from a lot of people including some governments and international press. But later, he has clearly transformed himself into a villain. Most people in Thailand suspects that he is the mastermind behind the extreme violence and bloodshed by some of the red shirts and other unknown movement which may be or may be not independent of the red shirts. But it is very clear that the red shirts endorsed such violence.

      May 21, 2010 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Plato

      Oh, I forgot to mention that, unlike Bin Laden, Thaksin, being a fugitive of the Thai authority, is not a threat to most other countries. Also Thailand is only a small country which doesn't have global influence or political clout of the superpower like the US. That also explains why the world doesn't see Thaksin as a terroist, which doesn't mean that he is not one. Nevertheless, there are now many countries, including the UK, that have barred Thaksin form entering the countries.

      May 21, 2010 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
    • sopheary

      i don't support the thai government they killed a lot of people. why Apisit still wants to hold his power, who is behind Apisit. there is completely no democracy in thailand.

      May 21, 2010 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
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