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. sam

    I really travel in June to Bangkok and held at area. I'm sure the red shirts they want to empty the place but people have stubborn and gives them nonsense, I imagine only stays for less than a week, and because of Bangkok, such as befor

    May 17, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. Brother

    For the 911 event, a group of terrorists hijack airplanes to bring down the world trade center. Years ago in Oklahoma, a government building was half removed from its site by a truck load of fertilizer and fuel. Is this still not enough to prove that RED = TERRORIST? The RED leaders just play naive that terrorists must have gun, explosive or any weapon of war. They use firework instead of explosive. C'mon, if it went off in your face, it will remove your flesh just like a real bomb. They burn tires on the road and smoke people out of their own houses a mile away from the protest area. People should realize that this is not a self defense as they claim, but rather rampaging terrorism. I feel sorry for the suffering Bangkok residents, not the RED terrorists.

    May 17, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kwan

    I'm Thai who live in Bangkok. I just want to complained the faulty report regarding bangkok situation from CNN esp from Dans Rivers. He is bias and ill informed reporter who should be ashamed of himself. Red shirt protester are not just the group of naive who called for democracy. They are a group to torrorists being shield by " get paid" uneducated rural people. In the pictures shown in this news , the reporter use rocks to throw to the polices and soldiers with a soldiers carrying a riots. These pictures sent misunderstood and distorted information to the world!!!!! However in the real situation the red protesters ( terrorists ) uses AK 47, M 79 , M16 and burned the buildings ,gas tanks, electricity posts , destroyed public properties around Bangkok. If all these things happend in USA.... would Dans Rivers and CNN Call this as a group of naive protester?

    May 18, 2010 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. Nunthiya

    Are your CNN Reporters Retarded or what??? Very very bias reporters you have. So I'm not surprise why they asked very stupid question like "why doesn't Thai government give a role to UN??" You know why I can tell you right now because it's none of UN business... this is a private matters in Thailand. The red-shirts are not NAIVE at all they have every dangerous weapons ready in their what do you think the soldier would do?? Give them a thump up??? They are not fighting for DEMOCRACY.. I can tell you that.... because the man behind all this mess is called TAKSIN.... He is very corrupt, he exiled himself out of Thailand and ran away from the justice system!!! SO is this make him a good person? He is in denial and cannot accept the Lost... If you think he will do a good for your country why not accept him and let see how badly he will take advantage of every bit of your country??? A person that betrays his own country, could be trusted????? I guess NOT.... so please at least make a truth story not just a fantasy from your retarded reporters.

    May 18, 2010 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. Choopong

    Thaksin is the mastermind behind the current crisis in Thailand. He has said all along that if he lost, then everyone would go down with him. He is the kind of person who loves you to death if you’re on his side and does everything he can to destroy you if you’re on the other. He once said any provinces which voted for him will get his special treatment. He always remembers and begrudges. He takes advantage of other people ever since his days as a businessman. He always talks from both sides of his mouth, with no feelings of shame or guilt whatsoever.
    There are many evidences that he has hired armed militias to be part of the red-shirt protestors. They dress as soldiers and shoot at the government soldiers and at the protestors on their side to make it looks like the government fault. Many of them are snipers shooting at people and soldiers from the buildings.
    There is no reason for the government soldiers to shoot directly at the people. According to onlookers in Klong Toey where the heaviest violence takes place, the soldiers will be able to stop the violence within the first few days already if they chose to do so. This means that they are still on the defensive mode only.
    Cracking down the protestors at Rajprasong or targeting the street battles will play into the hands of the red-shirts. Instead, the government should target the ex and current army generals who are planning and executing the current street battles. They should announce that these people are the rebels who wants to make Thailand becoming a failed-state. They know that the government is weak and is too gentlemanly in its conduct. The want to replicate the May 92 event, so that the situation becomes totally uncontrollable and the King has to intervene by installing a national government.
    At the same time they are asking for the UN to intervene. They know that the government who shoots at its people has no legitimacy. It’s difficult to explain and justify the government conduct to the international audiences, with the pictures on TV. Unless you know and can prove how cruel the red-shirt masterminds are. How they are willing to sacrifice the country and the well-beings of their countrymen for their personal goals.
    It is sad how ineffective most organizations in the country have become. Most of them only complains about the situation and leave most of the work to the politicians, who avoid responsibility and bicker among themselves.

    May 18, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • tandyca

      I think you should stopped all those violent thoughts towards all those matter now and go forwards of peaceful acts and playing an important roll of one of the Thai population rather than ...creating all those problem by criticizing. I just would like you to reconsider and do not put the blame to anyone because there is no winner either loser now.....?

      May 25, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chayanon

    The hate & fear of Taksin had already harmed this country more than Taksin himself. Politicians are politicians... you will all see later that Taksin will get nothing from this. Prachai L. , the ex-owner of TPI is one of the great example of losing more and more and finally get nothing. Both sides are using Taksin. Support him to get the vote when the election come, on the other side, use the fear of him to gain the support.
    Mighty frightening, when we read the comment on your board and found many Bangkok citizens who look down to those protestors as stupid retards. They sat in front of TV in the room with air-conditioner and wrote it, even give the license to kill. They don't even know that most of the people in the war zone ,now, are people who live in Bangkok too.
    Shame on them !!! They just think that Taksin is the monster who was sponteneous appear. People like Taksin exist all the time but it's must be only in the right timing with the right factors to turn one to be a giant monster. For quite a long time, people in the city always got more chance to get to any resource of the country and many people in countryside were left as the outsiders. The gap was widen more and more, in the same time, the wheel of changing of lifestyle, society, economics & blaaaaa.... keep rolling. Until, oneday in the right time righ place, some one, who stood in the right position, saw this opportunity and slipped in.(If Taksin were not exist , I believe that there must be someone with other name) .... While people are trying to explain everything in a too easy way by blaming one bad guy to be the cause of all the problems, the way to get off this crisis is hardly be found.

    download video

    May 18, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bangkok Crawdad

    It is amazing that the Red Shirt leaders have posted a photo of dead military troops and claimed that they were shot by their own commander for not following his orders to use force against the Red Shirts when in fact it has been proven to be an old picture of troops killed in action in the deep south of Thailand and taken a long time ago. How low will these Red Shirt leaders go to mislead the public. In addition, live television show yesterday showed a Thai woman reporter who had been "arrested" by the Red Shirts while she was interviewing a old lady and her son in the WAT (free area) within the Red Shirts compound. The reason for her arrest was that the woman and child the reporter was talking with told the reporter that they wanted to leave the compound but the red shirts would not let them go! These actions reported above demonstrate on just how good and meaningful the leaders of the Red Shirts are who claim they want democracy! None of them even know how to spell the word "democracy" let alone knows what it means!

    May 18, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. New,Land of Blood Old,Land of smile

    Finish By PM & Army

    May 19, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. Open Letter to CCN (by Napas Na Pombejra) from News Viewer

    Wrote by Napas Na Pombejra (Taken from

    Recently, CNN Thailand correspondents Dan Rivers and Sarah Snider have made me seriously reconsider your agency as a source for reliable and accurate, unbiased news. As of this writing, thousands of CNN's viewers have already begun to question the accuracy and dependability of its reporting as regards events in Afghanistan, Haiti, Iraq, Iran, in addition to Bangkok.

    As a first-rate global news agency, CNN has an inherent professional duty to deliver all sides of the truth to the public who have faithfully and sincerely placed their trust and reliance in you. Your network, by its longtime transnational presence and extensive reach, has been put in a position of trust and care; CNN's journalists, reporters, and researchers have a collective responsibility to follow the journalist's code and ethics to deliver and present facts from all facets of the story, not merely one-sided, shallow and sensational half-truths. The magnitude of harm or potential extent of damage that erroneous and fallacious news reporting can cause to (and exacerbate), not only a country's internal state of affairs, economic well-being, and general international perception, but also the real lives and livelihood of the innocent and voiceless people of that nation, is enormous. CNN should not negligently discard its duty of care by reporting one-sided or unverified facts and distorted truths drawn from superficial research, or display/distribute biased images which capture only one side of the actual event.

    May 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      I completely agree with you. Dan Rivers and Sarah Sidner have done a terrible one sided reoport. Dan Rivers is mariied to a Thai woman who happens to be a red shirt and you can see where the bias is. She has been reported to have come into a nice lump of cash at a very convienant time, wonder where that came from? CNN has really gone down hill for quite sometime now and the news just can not be relied on for accuracy. Absolutely irresponsible to have reporters out there doing the poor job that they are doing, they should be ashamed.

      May 27, 2010 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
  10. Tsv005

    You poor Thai, now can stand behind animals for your humanity.

    May 19, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. FAKE DEMOCRACY and FIGHT RED shirts FIGHT the World is behind you

    It is about time the people run the country instead of the corputed generals. The world wants Thailand to have democracy. They do not have democracy anymore. Dictatorship. Run by your King. The world loves Thaksin because he spreads the wealth throughout the country and gets rid of drug lords. Red shirts keep fighting because the world is looking at Thai Government Killing people that only want elections. Your govenment is not the government of the people. I knew that there will be a revolution in Thailand many years ago. Thailand is more than Bangkok. Good bless the red shirts, men, women, children that fight and beleive in democracy.

    May 19, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • drGui

      The king is not involved with politic. Your post made you sounds just like one of the protesters who want to bring down monarchy. If you all follow the story – you will know that the protesters have their own army carrying machine gun to fight back and most people in Bangkok (besides the red shirts) knows those are responsible for people's deaths. Thaksin is an evil guy who spread wealth for himself and his surrounding people. Majority of people in Thailand remain poor and even have more loan to pay off.

      May 22, 2010 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. haru

    I dont know whether this movement is a democracy.
    Someone say YES,but someone say NO.
    I just heard red shirts people get salary from Thaksin.

    May 20, 2010 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bangkok Crawdad

    It should be obvious to everyone that the Red Shirts understanding of "Democracy" means killing innocent civilians; burning down various structures including shopping malls, cinemas, hotels; attacking and trashing TV stations and newspaper offices because they don't agree with what they say; inciting violence in other provinces; hiding behind old women, old men, children and other who took cover in a WAT and who wanted to leave but instead used them as shields as they shot at the military. What a very warped understand of what "democracy" means to most of the human race. The Red Shirts have shown their real color as cowards, killers, arsonists, thugs and just plain mobsters and all for one very selfish, corrupt, and convicted felon who killed thousands of people in his drug campaign and who was shopping with his children in France while his misguided followers carried out his ugly orders and caused so much terror and destruction to the people of Thailand!

    May 20, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. Ple

    If still double standard and no justice in Thailand .... The red shirt will be guerilla in finally.
    The red shirt cannot make any comment in CNN, BBC,... since mostly, they are poor + no any opportunity.
    No chance to select the one they love. You can see the yellow shirt in Thailand always sent many comments (blame the red shirt and Taksin) to CNN, BBC,... since they can write and they have opportunity coz the yellow shirt = elite in Bangkok Thailand.

    May 20, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
    • FK

      Totally agree with you. The Thai media are totally biased. CNN rulez!!!! Why can't anyone see that it is totally a double standard. When the yellow shirts did it, no one was punished. What's more, one of the leaders(Kasit) was actually appointed a Foreign Minister. I mean what was that all about? Even the blind can see what the hell is actually going on. This is not to say that I agree with the violence means of the red shirts but the government kinda started it. They shot over 50 ppl. no wonder the Reds went crazy..Where is the justice and equality in this country? Do poor people not have the right to vote anymore? Are they not human beings?

      May 20, 2010 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. haru

    I guess Red shirts people has no choce, except that movement to show their "Democracy" mind and dissatisfaction.
    I think the fundamental mistake is the viewpoint of " Thakusin = Democracy".
    Why do they follow Thaksin, as the symbol of democracy.

    May 20, 2010 at 3:09 am | Report abuse |
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