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One killed in Bangkok as protesters blockade polling centres

Published on Jan 26, 2014 5:03 PM
 

AN anti-government protest leader was shot dead on Sunday as protesters blockaded polling stations to stop advance voting for the Feb 2 general election.

The protest leader, Mr Suthin Taratin, was reportedly killed as violence flared in Bangkok's Bang Na district.

Voting was disrupted or abandoned on Sunday in several parts of Bangkok and the southern provinces.

Protesters determined to oust the caretaker government surrounded polling stations before daylight, preventing election officials from entering and in some cases even manhandled voters who turned up.

Anti-government protesters stopping a voter (R) from entering a polling station in central Bangkok on Jan 26, 2014. Anti-government protest leader Suthin Taratin was shot dead on Sunday as protesters blockaded polling stations to stop advance voting for the Feb 2 general election. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
 
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