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Bangkok Shutdown: Protesters vow to continue rallies despite deadly blast

Published on Jan 18, 2014 10:48 AM
 
Anti-government protesters take part a rally in Bangkok on Jan 17, 2014. Anti-government protesters pledged to stage a fresh march through the Thai capital on Saturday, a day after a bomb attack on their rally that killed one and left dozens injured. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (AFP) - Anti-government protesters pledged to stage a fresh march through the Thai capital on Saturday, a day after a bomb attack on their rally that killed one and left dozens injured.

Tensions soared following the blast, the latest bloodshed in weeks of demonstrations aimed at forcing Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from office and derailing February 2 elections.

A 46-year-old protester who died of his wounds from the explosion became the ninth person killed during the demonstrations, which have also seen scores injured in several outbreaks of unrest.

The anti-government movement said rally leader Suthep Thaugsuban would lead another procession on Saturday, despite being nearby when the explosion tore through their march as they neared a busy intersection in the shopping district of the city on Friday afternoon.

 
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