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. komstream

    CNN you should publish this

    May 20, 2010 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. Choopong

    After the red-shirt leaders announced the stop of the protest on stage, there were many boos, gun shots and bombs heard simultaneously. Immediately, several red-shirt groups announced that they will act independently from their leaders. This appeared to be staged. They later surrendered themselves to the police (“who were our friends”, according to Nattawut – one of the red-shirt leaders) instead of to the soldiers. Almost immediately the government soldiers left the area and handed over the duty to the police. The government naively (or pretended to) believed at that point that it was all over. Instead there was no one left to stop the burning of several buildings in the area (Polices in general did not perform their duty). The terrorists shot at the firefighters to prevent them from coming in.

    All of these was pre-meditated and did not happen spontaneously as the results of crowd anger as the red-shirts tried to make it look like. Otherwise, the damage would not be so great and widespread in such short time. All 20 plus targets were pre-selected carefully (some hotels adjacent to the protest area were strangely omitted). Arisman said before that Bangkok would become the sea of fire. Terrorism was necessary for radical change in the country, according to him. Everything was planned, staged and executed to perfection.

    After curfew started at 8 pm, there were no soldiers on the street to protect the people. As a result, there were many lootings and burnings still went on throughout Bangkok.

    In the end, everyone loses. These people were burning their own country (many of them might not even be Thais, so they did not feel any remorse – Thaksin was also not born Thai). No visitors will come back to Thailand in a long time. The economy is in ruin. Thais are left to pick up the pieces and the red-shirt leaders live comfortably overseas. Why did Jaturon, Pojaman and son and daughters, Chavalit and Banharn leave the country just before the disaster?

    The true red-shirt masterminds of the street battles and terrorist activities still live comfortably in Bangkok and the provinces (the leaders on stage were just for show). Government has not captured anyone so far. If this continues, Thai people have to fend for themselves. We already saw glimpses of that last night.

    May 20, 2010 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. Pamela

    ...There's nothing to say when seeing CNN report compare with others. You only reported from oneside (Red-shirt protestor). What's about innocent people live near that area. What's about goverment officer. It will be the last time that I read your report. It made me thought whether all of your report is the true or not and suspected 'bout territorist that almost pointed out at Middle-East. Right now I think Aljazeera is better better than you.

    May 20, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Thai people

      i agree with you. CNN is not reporting both side. I am the victim of the protesting.

      May 21, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. boy2t

    Government soldiers are catch red shirts, because the military government says is a terrorist.
    This is a military government thought alone.
    Killing is not something that makes everything complete.
    Please stop the violence
    Do not threaten media

    May 21, 2010 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ekalux Ken

    It 's shameful that CNN which is first-class international news agency delivers news only one side.

    All information is from red-shirt side.

    Why don't you ask opinion from other majority people in Bangkok or people in that area who are not red-shirt what happen to them?

    May 21, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bangkok Crawdad

    It is certainly true that the reporting by CNN has been totally biased and in favor of the destroyers of democracy – the Red Shirts. It is strange that the CNN reporters gave their own personal and jilted opinions of what was taking place from the safety of their offices. They also injected their personal and very strange opinion that the fugitive Thaksin must be involved in any discussions to settle the issues that caused the problems – when he was the one that caused the problems and bankrolled the Red Shirt efforts while he and his family were shopping in France. The PM, Gov't and military should be praised for their actions in quelling the violence and without the excessive use of force ...and all the time while they were under constant gunfire from the Red Shirts. All one had to do was to watch Thai television and see the numerous amounts of soldiers killed or wounded during the actions while CNN, BBC and Fox news showed none of this but concentrated on the movements of the Red Shirts. The burnings of Central Zen and the other 34 buildings were all premeditated and planned by the elite leaders of the Red Shirts. I wonder where the Thai Police were during the entire disruptions. They are very good at giving tickets to motorcyclists not wearing helmets and collecting bribes from drivers but go underground when things get violent!

    May 21, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. somchai

    pls. look the following web.

    May 21, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Raam ronanrong

    It has been a very hard period for Prime mininister Abhisit Vejjajiva to get thruoug the most tough situation.The world must understand that Thaksin Shinawat who had bribed the country during his power period of 6 years.He declared his asset only Baht 12,000 million but nowadays his asset oversea is greater that 200,000 million baht.He knows how to "buy" the vote (In North east and some northern part of Thailand–majority of the votes) for his counterpart party "Puathai " to resume political power again.
    Consequently he tried to pursuade the poor people by paying them to join his protest (The Government would put this information to the public who are the supporters to contribute the payment)
    The current goverment and especially Prime minister Mr.Abhisit is clean and desire to do for the country,we should support him.CNN must stand on a proper priciple to critisize or judge the Thai's goverment not only to listen to the Red shirt leader.....What is your priciple..?
    I am not a goverment official but stand on the right path for my beloved country.If you want to receive more fact write to me

    Thank you.

    May 21, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. We are Thais

    I appreciate Mr.Ekalux Ken.
    I hope my country will be better and I think real Thai people don't want havoc situation like this , except " the Red Shirts and Thaksin Shinnawat". If you-CNN don't really know about the real situation of my country, please go back to your country and report only entertainment news which you don't have to use your brain.Stop destroy our country!!!!

    May 21, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • armagh

      shows what colour you are,,, wake up and see the big picture... READ BELOW.

      May 22, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. armagh

    (WE ARE THAIS) you need to wake up and see the big picture and not listen to people trying to convince you different, many people around the world know more about your country than you do,,WHY, cos they keep an open mind unlike you,, camera never lies,, these where MURDERS , any civilised country would have used water ,not automatic gunfire... tell me how many YELLOWshirts where killed when airport was closed-- yes NONE,, and i bet you think that closing airport etc was alright...mmm.. a reporter was shot again while on the ground by these untrained,scared,trigger happy idiots with uniform, you can not say this is alright...

    May 22, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. Raam ronanrong

    We always aweken and be fair to all,Camera never tell the lies it's true but at from whom ?Why don't you take a look when the soldier were shot dead by the M 79 by the red troop.
    I am not yellow shirt but the fact showed that they were killed a numbers by tear gas grenade(product of China),are you blind or deft? A few killed by M79 at Donmuang airport.
    During the anouncement of the red shirt leader to surrender you still heard the bomb and m 79 at the back yard

    They are really terrerist

    May 22, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  12. drGui

    After all, this is what we know
    Thaksin remains the most evil exPM Thailand ever has.
    Red shirts = violent, weaponry and fires.
    Red shirts work for Thaksin
    CNN also work in a favor of Thaksin.

    May 22, 2010 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
    • drGui

      Who shot the protesters, that would remain a question. CNN has forgotten to report that the mob is heavily armed as well. Evidently, if the military want to KILL, there will be tons of bodies piling up. Please- do your job as a media reporter better and more accurate. Ask Thugsin, he's the true leader.

      May 29, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. danny

    CNN did not get news from a reliable source which made their news about the government so negative..
    If the reporters are in Bangkok long enough to hear from both sides, they will know what really cause the riots.
    The whole 2 months protest in the middle of business sections in Bangkok claimed to be non-violent but the investigations after discovered lots of M79, M16, C4 and home-made bombs. After last week, the protesters set lots of fire in many government office building , malls and banks, etc all over the country. They are terrorists not normal poor people like they claimed to be.
    I think your government would have done the same thing if D.C was held hostage for 2-3 months or NY was st on fire.

    May 22, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  14. BLUE

    I'm thinking over and try to understand why Thaksin is destroying his home country.
    Is it possible that one can have money in many countries, every corner of the world like him? What does it mean?
    Let wait and see,what he will do next. BUT the next time the THAI government must not wait until the situation is too complicate to solve like this time.AND we (all of us) must keep our eyes on our country.
    I will see if everything in Thailand is cheap,he and his minions will buy more bussiness and he will control our country more and more.

    May 22, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. Lion

    who will know the poor in some countries bless everyone who give them money even the devil.
    Taxin will look like Robinhood if he is poor after he was help the poor.

    May 22, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
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