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. passerby

    I would be sadden to hear a good man got shot. However, a man with evil intent who has led mass destruction and ruined his own country without the slightest guilt perhaps deserve this punishment.

    May 13, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. SNB

    @Ivan Libya. Don't be too shallow! It s just someone's plan to make all people both in and out of Thailand misunderstand and blame the Gov't. Of course, their ultimate goal is to bring the Gov't down.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Guru

    mangkud and Jjat

    I agree with you.

    May 13, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. boyd Bangkok

    Sukhumvit is okay I think. It'snot very far from the place but it's not a walking distance

    May 13, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JOE TAN

    The problem can be easily solved if the government accepts the truth that they were installed by the army against the will of most people. It is most legitimate to dissolve the House and call for a new election. The only fear they have is they won't be elected. Democrat never wins in a fair election and that's why they chose to kill protesters rather than stepping down to allow a new election to take place.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • tandyca

      Hi..JOE TAN...
      THANKS FOR YOUR RIGHTFUL THOUGHT...ABOVE ALL THE TRUTH....

      May 25, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nort

      tandyca, it doesn't take a child to read your comments and feedback to tell that you are a one sided person probably supporting the red shirts. You have no idea what's going on and probablt an F-Grader in your history class back in high school....you are blunt...so shut up.

      May 27, 2010 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kaweeka

    I would not come to Thailand at this point in time, period. Idiotic to think that this is just localized – this is only the start of far wider unrest, especially with the assassination of Seh Daeng. Regardless of who did it, this will only harden the extremist on the red side, and pin them down against the extremist on the pro-military side of the government. In the middle, the tourists, the ex-pats, the average citizen.

    This is not a city you want to be a tourist at at this point – if you have to come to Thailand, head out of Bangkok and hit the south cities of Krabi, Samui or Phuket. If not an option, go to Hua-Hin, Cham, Koh Sameed, or even Pattaya.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. flatlinerr

    For those who made the comments about democracy and the government in Thailand. It is so true that democracy in the nation is so important. But for this particular case, it is the opposite. the protest of the red shirts is complicated by false goals by Thaksin Shinawatre and some of his paid followers in order to claim personal benefits. The bad guys in this case is not the government it is Thanksin Shinawatre and his thugs. They are thugs and nothing else.Democracy they're claiming to be their goal is just the mask, it is something a lot deeper than that they're going for.

    May 13, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hap

    What is this about? It's about money. This is Thai politics. If you control the government you can make a lot of money through corruption: bribes, kickbacks,etc.

    Thaksin and his allies are out of power and trying to bring down the government by occupying parts of the Bangkok. His approach is to stir anger, discontent and envy among the 60 percent of the population who are economic have-nots.

    This is a great time to visit Thailand because as a tourist you can earn 2000 baht per day for attending redshirt rallies.

    You can earn even more by smuggling drugs back to your home country. If you have a baby you are worth more for smuggling purposes.

    May 13, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Christine

    my butt iches and i wish i day a sandwich so if you could that would be grate thats it biches

    May 13, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kirati

    Don't blame thai gov. If you want to blame someone. Blame us. Most thais and bangkok citizen can not stand for what the red shirt have done anymore. If u were here, you will know how bad they are. the red shirt is not the peace lover as they always claim. They are very aggressive , unreasonable and Neverending demands. We used to have hope when our PM proposed the roadmap for them and thai people. Most Thai agreed that this roadmap will be the solution for this problem but finally the red shirt destroy all hope by rejecting it with unresponsable demand. That 's enough for us. They really don't need peace. Their last chance has gone.

    May 13, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • ML

      yes, but than it came to double standard, compared with the yellow dudes. So tell me if there really only one standard of justice still exist in Thailand?

      May 19, 2010 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. VELAMN

    The whole world already knows that the current Thai government came from the military back up with the king's support. Asian Centre for Human Rights already warned Abhisit of international criminal action, and this may have to include the king too.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zee

      Are you a fan of CNN? Do you digest only one side of the story and mostly from CNN? Get out and take in view points from other media and maybe you'll have better judgement of what's happening. People who sides the red terrorists are sure they have absolutely no idea what's really happening. Question: If this group of red shirts stage a protest in your country, claiming they are unjustly treated in the society and used children and women as their shield, while closing the roads, residential areas, business districts, causing inconvenience for everyone else, attacking military, acting all innocent but are armed with rifles and homemade bombs, what then would you do? Would you let them do whatever because you think they have the rights to fight and support them burning down buildings because you think the rest of the country need to feel the pain and finally might understand the pain these people claim they're going through? Think outside the world you live in and what you can only see in the news. Sure the red terrorists did have the rights to protest BUT the rest of the people, too, have the rights to live without fear and didn't need to put up with all the bs.

      May 20, 2010 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. VELAMN

    kirati: The road map is just a one way map of the government. It's stil double standard. It allows the criminal yellow shirts to leave free, but will prosecute the red-shirted leaders.

    May 13, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. no idea

    I don't understand about the idea of destroying the monarch. Did the Red Shirted really request it to the government? Is the previous prim minister really behind all these? What's really going on there?

    May 13, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Weinheim

    It is sad...Thai People kill Thai People...
    It is sad...Thai Government do everything to disclose all the news to Thai people. So, we can judge the truth
    It is sad...Thai people was called the land of smile. But we are not longer..
    It is sad...To call protester as terrorist. We call them like that because we have never heard a truth from them at all. Let share the reveal all information. So, Thai people can judge by themselves.
    It is sad...It is sad...Where it will end? Will we become peaceful again? Who can answer this?

    May 14, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
    • tandyca

      Cheer up ! I do understand how actually you are feeling at the moment. I am feeling the same way ...cheer up ok...

      May 25, 2010 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. suparade

    geee

    May 14, 2010 at 2:38 am | Report abuse |
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