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. Eric

    wake the hell up people! all this is nothing different from what's going on anywhere else! i'll give ya all a clue... it's called the sick, twisted, inhumane and corrupt monetary / market economic system!

    its called politics being what it is and its called the sheeple of this world looking to politicians and stupid kings for the "answers".

    guess what... they don't have anything for us except what benefits their own self interest.

    check this out. understand that if we people really know what was valuable in this world... if we actually knew how to work together and apply the best science and technology... not prayer and politics... we could produce everything we really need in abundance for EVERYONE.

    guess what that would mean... oh oh oh... thats RIGHT! NO NEED for politics gay kings or MONEY!

    fracking grow the hell up subhumans!

    May 14, 2010 at 5:08 am | Report abuse |
    • tandyca

      lol...I guess you are

      May 25, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Marcel

    Pm calls reds "terrorists" and all idiots use this word. Its a pitty. Reds have enough, yellows not better have enough, of course they lose a lot, army is not sure as exposed, it's a system which is falling apart. Why nobody says that army holds power for 60 years and that we could think that it is legitimate that some people have enough. The stupid mistake made by Thaksin was not to be corrupted, but to forget a fundamental for who wish to stay in politics especially in a great country like Thailand: "spread the wealth". If you dont do so you're a dead man. We could have expected more intelligence on that from him. Now the Thai intelligentsia supports PM for obvious reasons and they do not care the lack of legitimacy he has, so far he declares protecting the King, the interests of the army, and the wealth of some. There is no justice and there will be no justice ever in a dying system. Something new from someone new has to come up, and then he will have to build a consensus. In the meantime people will die, they always belong to the same side, and the same side always approve it.

    May 14, 2010 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. ThaiFree

    THe Thai king now becomes crazy. He foreces the Thai army to use war weaponary to kill the protesters. It now shows his real evil that he doesn't care how much people die, if these people are dangerous to his throne. He doesn't care he may be prosecuted by the UN.

    May 14, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. ThaiTruly

    Thaifree, I challenge you to call the beloved King crazy once more ! Speak this before me and millions of my fellow Thai. Utter a word in our land, and i have you executed by stones throw and fist punches from every true Thai, who knows what is the basic criteria of calling ourselves a true Thai. We love our land and we love our King. Mind your language and speak wise. ai hearr sard !

    May 14, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • ron

      ThaiTruly Never make an threat like that to anyone regardless of what they say to your King. Free speech is allowed outside your country and your country might not be in this predicament if there truly was freedom as the word Thai (free) implies. Make no mistake, you make a threat like that in my country, USA and you will be put away. We do not execute people for speaking their mind in this country even mocking our President. After all the King and the President is a man and human like you and I and subject to faults, ridicule etc. I know you are proud to be Thai and I respect that but also respect other people's opinions too and this will truly be a better world especially in your troubled country.

      May 17, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Nunthiya

      To Ron....

      You weren't born THAI... so you have no ideas at all... I don't mind a freedom of speech but if that speech hurt people it definitely call INSULT.... and I guess when you go to other country... it's a logical thing that you have to obey that country by laws right and in Thailand we do have Lese Majestic Laws so you will have to obey that too... you have to respect that country's cultures, traditions and whatever that country believe in.... It must be the same as your own country, if some foreigners come to your country and do not obey your country law definitely they will be in trouble and get caught or whatever the law is. so vice versa it's the same everywhere.... that you have to obey and respect other country by their laws, cultures and traditions.

      May 18, 2010 at 3:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Plato

      I'm a true Thai too but I certainly agree with Ron. 🙂
      Nunthiya, the way you put your argument here only shows how brainwashed you are about Thai monarchy. That is not surprising though as most Thais are. Of course, people have to abide by the laws of any country when they are in that country willingly or not. But don't you think that some laws that are unjust and against democratic principles? And don't you think that in such cases, people should have the right to be critical of the laws and express their mind in public. Many times, a country bends to international pressure or chooses to make change to those laws to make itself look more respectable in the world community. Even Thailand did this many times in the past like abolishing execution a convict by gunfire and in many other cases too numerous to mention.

      May 21, 2010 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Amp


      Have you ever done any good things for your country (Thailand) or Thai people? (Actually, I don't care)
      I love the King because he is quite working hard for the country and people, not only because he is the King.

      If you are true Thai, Pay more attention on Thai history, then you will know how many advantages that generations of the Royal family have done.

      Freedom is ok but it's not OK for Ungratefulness.

      May 22, 2010 at 6:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. ThaiTruly

    Our King is sadden by every moment and every incident happen since the protest. The monarchy cannot interfere with politics. he loves everyone of us (red or yellow is irrelevant) like his own children. Your statement is apparent that you are not a Thai and you are ignorant. Remove the word "Thai" from your name! The only reason for all the happenings is GREED. Greed in power of politicians.
    The King is in his saddest moment........this is not what he taught us. This is not what he wish to see after all these years.

    May 14, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. elinski

    I think the Thai government has managed to prevent a civil war by shooting Seh Daeng. Even the original red shirt leaders don't agree with this rogue general, and there would already be a peaceful resolution and preparation for elections, had it not been for Seh Daeng's inconsistent demands and insistence on using violence.

    I'm not Thai, but love the Thai people and would rather see Seh Daeng out of the scene rather than seeing many civilians killing each other as a result of his crazy plan.

    May 15, 2010 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. nattaya

    red shirts use army-trained rangers to shoot against soldiers last night. The army is fighting full armed terrorists, the bare hand protester is set up are for PR gimmick. please understand the truth!

    May 15, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. bai

    Someone protect these innocent people...

    May 15, 2010 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. Kutjebu

    This is practically civil war, Thais firing on Thais. I am sure the soldiers are not happy either.
    It takes a lot of courage to shoot on your own people. It's a tense and difficult situation.
    red shirts use army-trained rangers to shoot against soldiers last night???????
    There were no death soldiers last night.What you wrote is false Nattaya.

    May 15, 2010 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. oran amornwattana

    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.

    Posted by: VELAMN

    I am disagree with his comment. Seriously, Have you seen Thai king? have you been in thailand? Do you know how much Thai people respect him? How much he has dedicated himself to people in Thailand? Please do not pull him in. He is too high for you to comment this type of thing. Furthermore, I do believe that the government try to do their best. I have question other demonstrations outside of Thailand. In the same situation , How many people have dead in each situation?

    May 15, 2010 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
    • sopheary

      why there is no intervention from the king for that situation. Red t-shirt is also loving king. but the problem is the discrimination of red t-shirt. i think the world start to understand clearly about thailand. we dont have to be in thailand.

      May 21, 2010 at 6:03 am | Report abuse |
  11. wake up call

    For those young Thai kids who are brainwashed by Abhisit government and the military in power and for those expats who only know conflicts in Thailand from press and anti-Thaksin group – Thailand is all time ruled by military and they are behind the country direction like setting up Abhisit's current government that is obviously known by all – our king has no power to rule them and has nothing to do with political conflicts. You check out any countries ruled by military such as our neighbor Myanmar. It's too shallow to judge the reds from news you are given by the government and the military – think beyond your senses. It's too shallow too to only blame that reds are paid to die. Research more about Thai political history at least for the past 60 years and you will find information for you to judge the reds. In general, it seems Thailand needs no clever man like (Thaksin who discredited military) but needs only military followers to govern the country!! – god bless us!! I confirm – our king is beloved by all Thais = no exception to the reds.

    May 15, 2010 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. daimon

    VELAMN Shame on you. Have you ever been to Thailand? Have you ever seen any works of our belove King for Thai people? Have you ever see any King who walk of miles on foot to see his people in rural area? If the answer is No. I hope you'll be ashamed of you comment.
    Moreover Mr.Abhisit has been vote by menber of parliament as previous PMs. So, no way he will be accused about international criminal action

    May 15, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  13. MBMB

    Protesters get 2000 baht ??? LIE! (anybody wants to debate this please state so, we'll go at proving this in here).

    Protesters actually aim MORE THAN dissolving the parliament?? LIE Again!
    They will GO HOME IMMEDIATELY when PM announce parliament dissolve.

    Sae Dang killed many ppl? I don't know and I've never heard of it.

    somebody said "The army is fighting full armed terrorists, the bare hand protester is set up are for PR gimmick. please understand the truth!"

    Then how come 60+ men dead today but not one from the military?

    Many of you here lie.. U think hopefully u can mislead Farang here and somehow make KILLING people justifiable action?

    You may be able to do that here and I'm too lazy to tell the truth to every Farang' sites. However you CAN"T cover these people eyes, ears, and hearts. They see their family member got shot with their own eyes. They see their friend drop dead, as they try to fight against guns with sticks of woods. You may be able to lie to people here but not to them.

    So... I guess, for the whole TRUTH not to be revealed?? I guess you r gonna have to kill them all.

    Not bad HUH killing 500 bare-hand ppl (who fight to protect the outcome of the election). Whoops should I say "terrorists" (just to conform with your preference)?

    Needless to say more cause I think you won't let my comment be seen here anyway. .


    May 15, 2010 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. ThaiTruly

    None of us would like to see any of fellow Thai being killed. For a Thai we do not take side. It is sad to see a Thai killing another Thai. It is really a puzzle. The beloved King has spoken. But it is obvious these people do not understand his simple statement sadly – "Remember who you are....(a Thai)"

    No matter what happens, I hope anyone who make his comment in this blog, shall not bring the beloved King into discussion.
    Please respect this.

    May 15, 2010 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. NoShirt

    I guess this is what Thailand calls its democracy...use army to kill its own people. I thought this is called...dictatorship or military junta or something.

    May 15, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
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