Thai protester shot dead at rubber farmer rally
BANGKOK (AFP) - A Thai protester was shot dead and another injured at a rally in the country's south on Sunday, officials said, following demonstrations calling for higher rubber prices.
In a pre-dawn attack, shots were fired at a group of protesters acting as guards at a rally site in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat, local governor Viroj Jiravarungsan told AFP.
One man, aged 29, died of his injuries in hospital, while a 25-year-old man was seriously wounded.
It was not known who carried out the attack, but Mr Viroj said there was concern that the incident could be used to "escalate the protest".