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    Anti-Democracy Protesters attack Police to Derail Thai Election

    The Election Commission officials today were stranded inside the election registration center in Din Daeng as police defended the premises with tear gas, rubber bullets and water canon against anti-democracy rioters.

    Dozens of protesters, including journalists, were injured by the confrontation. Among the casualties were journalists and four policemen. The policemen were shot as they tried to stop the protesters from entering the premise.

    The EC officials were flown out of the location in a police helicopter afterwards.

    Earlier, representatives of 30 political parties vying in the February 2 election drew lots for electoral numbers. It took barely half an hour for the lot-drawing to get done in the presence of Election Commission chief Supachai Somcharoen.

    Hundreds of the protesters who had tried to forcibly enter the stadium were dispersed by the tear gas fired from inside the compound.

    The Network of Students and People for the Reform of Thailand, led by Nitithorn Lamlua and affiliated with People’s Democratic Reform Committee, have claimed responsibility for the violence.

    Suthep Thaugsuban a disgraced ex-Deputy Prime Minister who is facing mass murder charges related to the Bangkok "Red Shirt" crackdown of 2010 has urged the mainly middle class Bangkokians to derail the election and replace Parliament with his selection of "good people".

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