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    Posted December 27, 2013 by
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    Bangkok is Bracing for Further Violence

    This is another quiet Saturday morning. I woke up and had a cup of coffee. Then I walked to the university. The first piece of news that I saw on internet was about the shooting of the guards of the Students and People Network for Thailand's Reform by unknown gunmen using M16 automatic rifles. According to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s Erawan Emergency Medical Services Centre, one guard, Mr. Chamriang Chittrawat, was dead and three were injured. This incident happened at the demonstration site near Government House early Saturday morning.

    Last night, I went to the protest site at Ratchadamnern Avenue. There was a memorial service for Mr. Wasu Suchantabut, another protestor who was shot on Thursday afternoon in the demonstration at the Thai-Japanese Stadium in Din Daeng. Flowers were place in front of the picture of the slain protestor, candles were lighted. It was very sad.

    On Thursday, December 28, the protestors from the Students and People Network for Thailand's Reform went to the Thai-Japanese Stadium to protest against the registration of the party-list candidate there. The protesters want to have reforms regarding the election law, reforms to fight widespread corruption in Thailand and other education and economic reforms. They want some of the reforms to happen before the election on February 2, 2013. The police started to use teargases against the protestors since 7:30 am.. I watched this incident on the cable tv. When I went to lunch, the use of teargases and rubber bullets still continued. Mr. Wasu was shot by real bullets in early afternoon. Another policeman was shot dead at the same time. At present, we still do not know the shooters. Other protestors and policemen were also injured.

    Tonight there will be another memorial service for Mr. Chamriang. How many memorial services will the protestors have in the next few weeks? Who will protect the people who have different opinions from the government?

    This 5 day-vacation should be for celebration. For me, and for many other Thais, we are not in the mood to celebrate.

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