Gunfire Paves Bloody Way To Thai Elections

Posted: February 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

World

Gunmen opened fire on pro-government demonstrators in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday, wounding at least six people and ratcheting up tensions just one day before Sunday’s key national elections.

Around eight gunmen emerged from a crowd of anti-government protestors who are seeking to derail a national vote, CNN reports, firing on police and pro-government citizens for about half an hour.

The Thai government has been reticent to respond to the recent unrest in force for fear of sparking a coup, and there were few security forces present on Saturday to respond to the gunfire. Around 20 police officers and a dozen soldiers took cover behind their vehicles.

The anti-government demonstrators have sought for months to dislodge Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in increasingly violent protests that have left 10 people dead and hundred wounded.

Yingluck has called for a Feb. 2 vote in order to quell unrest in the country that has pitted…

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