- Posted January 27, 2014 by
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Thai protest leader shot dead as protesters block polls
- zdan, CNN iReport producer
January 27, 2014. An Anti government protester leader was shot yesterday as demonstrators have blocked many polling stations to stop the advance voting next week before the general election on February 2.
Mr. Suthin Thararin led the protesters to force the shutdown of advance voting at Bangna polling station ( Sri Eiam Temple) was shot at the head and left 11 wounded, according to the Bangkok Post. The shooting happened as he and protesters confronted with the redshirt supporters at the temple. The witness’ s social media video has shown the redshirt supporter madly shooting into Mr. Sutin and protestors
Media reports identified Mr Sutin as a prominent activist of PCAD and a former executive of New Politic Party, a political arms of the Yellowshirts’ official organization: The People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD)
The protest movement, known as the People's Democratic Reform Committee, had pledged not to obstruct the poll, saying its supporters would only stand outside to express their views and urge people not to vote. The protest spokesman Akanat Promphan told the Associated Press that those who had locked the gates of polling stations had "acted on their own", but he did not criticize them and said the decision to close stations was made by election commission officials.
The protesters want to make way for an un-elected "People's Council" to carry reforms before any polls. They want Yingluck and her brother former premier Thaksin Shinawatra out of Thai politics. Thaksin was overthrown in a coup in 2006 and is in self-exile in Dubai.