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. Ei

    Regardless of what the protestors did or do, it does not justify the PM's killing order. I don't know if CNN or foreign reporters receives the full story of what has been happening here. This PM uses lies about the terrorists, Taksin's money and influence, etc, to deceive Thai people (most of them are willing to beleive so as wel). The Government controls all of the media here. Any radio or television station or newspaper that presents news against or not in line with the Government was shut down. They even tried to block the websites that presents what is not shown in local channels. The PM tried to allege that there are terrorists amongst the protestors, on the basis that there were several bomb incidents around Bangkok. Neither the Government, the army, nor the police can catch the person(s) who are responsible for this. No evidence has been shown. The only thing that is told to the people is..the PM's claim of the existence of terrorists. I personally have dobt about this..if they know and are confident that there are terrorist. How come there is no evidence to support their claims. Please believe me that the Government is quicker than silver when it comes to showing evidence (if any) in order to justify their actions. What they tried to present as evidence is their saying only.
    The facts in these days are the PM and the army make claims without evidence, and use such claim as the rationale to kill the protestors. Those who kill in our southern area have not been named as terrorists, but the Thai protestors, the common people, have already been branded as the terrorist. How ironic it is.
    The PM has never backed down as he claims. What he did was creating conditions and saying that by making such conditions, he was compromising, but he has never agreed to whatever the protestors called for. Then when the protestors refused his proposals, they are called defiant. The Government has never shown any sincerity in trying to bring justice and remove the double standards, has never agreed to whatever the protestors proposed. So how can the Government dare say that the protestors refuse the negoiation?
    I only have one question for this PM: is it more difficult to dissolve the parliament than to kill the people?

    May 15, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nunthiya

      They are not Protesters... They are terrorists..... They are fully armed with dangerous weapons...

      May 18, 2010 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
    • tandyca

      yes, you are right...keep up..the truth...cheer.

      May 25, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. ken & Mary

    Thialand Govenment commit war crimes............will they be brought to trial ??????

    May 16, 2010 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. ken & Mary

    this govenment must be brought to trail......... govenment snipers killing innocent civillians.

    May 16, 2010 at 3:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. ken & Mary

    thialand PM (liar) tell the people its the red shirts doing the killing.......has anybody yet seena red shirt with a GUN.................................NO!!!!!
    the army are the only one's firing guns..................THAI GOVENMENT ARE KILLERS.......

    May 16, 2010 at 3:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. areewa


    May 16, 2010 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. The defender of Truth and Justice

    Hi areewa, take your one of those yellow bellied yellow shirts who held an international airport to ransom with paid protesters to. Shame on your social greed on not wanting the poor people of Thailand to rise and become equals. All someone needs to do in Thailand is watch a couple of Thai Soap Opreas on TV and the evidence is so clear on your god dammed High and Low status culture.

    May 16, 2010 at 4:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. The defender of Truth and Justice

    Read and become educated

    May 16, 2010 at 4:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. The defender of Truth and Justice

    May 16, 2010 at 5:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. ken & Mary

    Hey areewa.
    suppose seeing money change hands for food and water etc etc etc............can be miss struded
    by a right wing bigot...................

    But who has the GUNS ???????????

    Not the redshirts ..................and who is being killed...............THAI's not ARMY.........

    Wake up and think......or is it greed that makes you post your comments..........

    BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF.....................

    Thai Govt are KILLERS

    May 16, 2010 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
    • ML

      Thank you! people should analyze the news harder!

      May 19, 2010 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Do you live in Thailand? Do you have any clue as to what started this recent violence? Was it February 25th when the Thai Supreme Court seized some of the ex Prime Minister; Thaksin's assets. The Red shirts starting making threats against the government and it resulted in the rioting, looting and burning of Bangkok. So much for we want peace and democracy. But, i believe in freedom of speech, however miss informed it may be...

      May 23, 2010 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. mbmb

    Hi Areewa,
    As you can see, the video of red shirt being paid is taken willingly and freely from the camp. Why??
    Have you ever thought of it? How come the redshirt leader would let somebody record these action freely?

    It is because they want to show ppl about it; that's why.

    And the reason why they wanna show ppl about this is because:

    There were tens of thousand of ppl from some province who want to come to join (Mar 12 D-Day) but come short on gas expense. Those redshirts supporter in BKK, having heard that, then help DONATE gas expenses to those who lend car&pickup truck TO TRANSPORT redshirt supporters from north-east to BKK. The driver then get paid from these donation, 2000 for each car.

    Think about it. The driver didn't make any profit getting paid merely 2000 bht for his long trip, if not a loss. Therefore THIS IS NOTHING CLOSE TO HIRING PEOPLE TO PROTEST.

    This video has been shown many times deliberately and over and over, just to mislead the rest of the ppl. All from our side know what really happened, but sadly we don't have many chances to tell the world. NOW you know the Truth.


    P.S. yellow shirt being paid 400 short-term and 800 baht full-day at the Victory Monument (to express themselves AGAINST the redshirt) is the FACT. And you don't wanna talk about that?

    May 16, 2010 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bangkok Crawdad

    Say Dang is dead! Died this morning. That brings the number of people killed to 36 at last call. Most of the shooting is being carried out by the "black shirts" intermixed with the red shirts. Lots of people have seen these black shirts carrying AK-47. Do you think that they are just for "show and tell" ? It appears that Veera is back and trying to negotiate with the Thai Government. To bad he can't negotiate with the violent leaders of the Red shirts that are just doing their thing for one person and backed by his money – Thaksin and so that he can come back and be pardoned!

    May 16, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • ML

      wow! money for VS. guns, good thinking, good analysis indeed!

      May 19, 2010 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  12. Alisoninbkk

    SOLDIERS NOT HARMED???? Maybe those are red shirt (or watermelon)solders.
    In the military hospital, there are THOSE THAT ARE INJURED AND DEAD! It's just that soldiers don't send to public/private hospital doesn't mean none of them are injured. Don't be blind.
    The politics is much COMPLICATED than u might have expected. Don't believe just what u see or hear or THINK u know. ANALYZEEEE PLS.

    May 17, 2010 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
    • ML

      yup, we need that one word!! analyze people!!!!!!

      May 19, 2010 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. tom & Jerry

    Oh yes. just saw the reds with WEAPONS not guns... but BOMBSSSS (less harm than guns???). They stole them from soldiers and might have bought them underground. No one will fight with bare hands in this situation duh.

    May 17, 2010 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. elmo1975

    Lets be fair. If a protest goes on for over two months and there are violence everywhere. You can even make a safety U-turn in front of your office and they search yr cars Is this a peaceful protest? Where is humanity for those whose lives are in danger. I has never been a peaceful protest. Those inside the camp never knew what their guard or warriors were doing. I HEAR the bombs and fireworks everyday as I work in that area! Can you CNN please add a quote that the PM has already proposed a reconciliation plan but it was rejected and asked for something that was not compromisable? I just wonder what would the US government do in situation like this if many of the red shirts are fully armed and there are others who are terrorist. No Thai wants to kill Thai okay? Maybe except for one person.

    May 17, 2010 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
    • jaja

      " PM has already proposed a reconciliation plan but it was rejected and asked for something that was not compromisable"
      TRUE TRUE TRUE. The government proposed (the road map) it –> the reds rejeced it.

      May 17, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  15. elmo1975

    Please note that there are ones who wanted this to turn into violent and this is why the PM has not done anything in the past weeks becoz he knows that there would be great loss and many innocent would die. I dont expect foreigners to fully understand or agree with what has happened but at least as a media of a free country, such as yours, can do better than this by reporting that the red shirts also used weapons and had taken away weapons from police too. thank you

    May 17, 2010 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
    • sopheary

      your current government came from military backup. did you find any evident that accused Thaksin do corruption? yellow shirt is always right. red shirt is always wrong. not fair already. Some people know thailand better thai know themself.

      May 21, 2010 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
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