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Bangkok Shutdown: Two wounded as shots fired on protest

Published on Jan 15, 2014 11:36 AM
 
An anti-government protester making a donation as others wake up in their encampment built between shopping malls in central Bangkok on Jan 15, 2014. Two people were wounded in a shooting at an opposition rally in the Thai capital on Wednesday, the authorities said, as protest leaders prepared to march through plush city neighbourhoods in their bid to oust the premier. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (AFP) - Two people were wounded in a shooting at an opposition rally in the Thai capital on Wednesday, authorities said, as protest leaders prepared to march through plush city neighbourhoods in their bid to oust the premier.

The demonstrators, backed by the kingdom's royalist establishment, want Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to resign to make way for an unelected "people's council" that would oversee reforms to curb the political dominance of her billionaire brother Thaksin.

A man and a woman were taken to hospital with minor wounds after shots were fired shortly after midnight on the fringes of the protesters' main "shutdown" base in Bangkok's commercial heart, according to the city's Erawan emergency centre.

Both were discharged overnight. Local reports said they were a garbage man and a protester. Television footage showed dozens of shots fired by unknown gunmen.

 
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