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Thai anti-government protest leader killed in Bangkok violence

Published on Jan 26, 2014 4:28 PM
 
 Anti-government protesters hold banners as they march in a rally to a polling station in central Bangkok, on Sunday, Jan 26, 2014. A man identified by police as one of the leaders of anti-government protests in Thailand was shot dead on Sunday when violence erupted as demonstrators in Bangkok tried to block early voting for an election next week. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - A man identified by police as one of the leaders of anti-government protests in Thailand was shot dead on Sunday when violence erupted as demonstrators in Bangkok tried to block early voting for an election next week.

Piya Utayo, a spokesman for Thailand's national police, identified the dead man as Suthin Taratin.

"At least five other people were injured," he said.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has called elections for Feb 2 in an attempt to defuse protests that have dragged on since November and which have flared occasionally into violence.

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