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Thai protester killed, 4 wounded in shooting at anti-govt march

Published on Apr 1, 2014 5:34 PM

BANGKOK (AFP) - A Thai anti-government protester was shot dead and several others wounded Tuesday when their convoy was attacked on a busy expressway, officials said, reigniting tensions in Bangkok after weeks of relative calm.

The victims, supporters of a militant faction of the opposition movement, were returning from a rally at a government complex in the north of the capital when they were fired on by unknown assailants. The protesters want Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down to make way for an unelected interim government to oversee reforms aimed at curbing the political dominance of her billionaire family.

A 52-year-old man was killed and four others were wounded, according to the city’s Erawan emergency centre.

The splinter group that was attacked, the Network of Students and People for the Reform of Thailand, has often been at the vanguard of attempts to storm state buildings during five months of rallies seeking to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Anti-government protesters carry a comrade who was shot as their bus came under fire in Bangkok on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. A Thai anti-government demonstrator was shot dead and four others injured on Tuesday, an emergency official said, when unidentified gunmen fired on a Bangkok protest march, the first fatality of Thailand's political conflict in several weeks. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
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