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    Posted December 27, 2013 by
    Bangkok, Thailand

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    Bangkok Convulsing with Wounded and Impartiality

    Thai Police on Friday released 14 anti-democracy mob members. They were arrested during yesterday's clash with police at the election registration center, which left one police officer and one protester dead, and 148 others injured. The slain policeman, shot in the chest by an armed protester, was identified as Pol Sen Sgt Maj Narong Pitisit, aged 45, from Talat Phlu police station.

    The 14 were part of the Thai fascists group, the so-called People's Democratic Reform Committee, were lawfully charged with obstructing the election process, intruding into state offices and gathering more than ten people to instigate unrest. They were released on bail early today after posting bond.

    Election Commissioner Somchai Srisutthiyakorn, who was also a secretary general of the defunct Peoples Network for Elections in Thailand (PNET), a rightwing-based watchdog, said the party-list candidacy registration has continued since 8.30am today, the last day.

    The EC sprang a surprised yesterday at a press conference when they proposed to delay the elections much to the outraged of human rights organizations and political parties. Some question the impartiality of the EC members.

    In early 2006, Somchai had supported the Democrat Party's boycott of national election which then resulted in the army coup that removed democratically-elected Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

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