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    Posted November 25, 2013 by
    Bangkok, Thailand

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    Anti-gov't mob leaves German journalist injured

    Nick Nostitz, a freelance journalist, was assaulted today by an angry mob at Nakorn Rarchasima Road in Bangkok.

    While he was covering the anti-government protest, a former Member of Parliament Chumpol Chumsai signal the crowd and pointed him out from the stage. The former MP for the Opposition called him a "Red Shirt reporter" and urged the crowd to remove him.

    Protesters then proceeded to assaulting him. The Thai police rescued the journalist although he suffered injuries to his face. He was visibly shaken when taken to safety, away from the mob.

    Campaign leader Suthep Thaugsuban initially mobilized thousands of street protesters to object the highly debated but ultimately unsuccessful Amnesty Bill. With keeping the momentum of the protests, Suthep who is also a former MP of the Democrat Party, raised the political stakes by declaring a change to Thailand's democratic body and a crusade against corruption.

    This raised eye brows among the political and academic sectors. Political observers were quick to point out that the Democrat Party was committing political suicide if they continued championing any system that removes democracy.

    A Bangkok-based economist, who did not want her name to be revealed, said Suthep and his extended family had previous faced repeated accusations for corruption and that it was merely a gimmick to divert the attention.

    Groups of the anti-democracy protesters have marched to administrative offices, the military headquarter and television stations. Some protesters have offered flowers to soldiers, blowing whistles at policemen, while others held banners calling for the media to comply with the wishes of the mob.

    "Tomorrow [Tuesday] we will seize all ministries to show to the Thaksin system that they have no legitimacy to run the country," said Suthep, as reported by AFP news.

    Thaksin Shinawatra was the elected Prime Minister of Thailand before his removal by an army coup in 2006. His sister, Yingluck Shinawatra won the 2011 national election at the helm of the Pheu Thai party.

    In the meantime members of the journalist networks have condemned the violence against Nick. Outrage, calls for justice and well wishes for his speedily recovery has flooded social media.

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