A reactionary Thai general who has affiliated himself with the demonstrators who have paralyzed Bangkok for weeks was shot in the head and critically wounded. The attack occurred during an interview with a New York Times reporter, as the military began sealing off a barricaded encampment of anti-government protesters.
Khattiya Sawasdipol, also known as Seh Daeng (Commander Red), was rushed to an intensive care unit by protestors and is reported to be on life support. Tensions among demonstrators have heightened, with them clashing with security forces in Lumpini Park.
A state of emergency is in place in the capital and surrounding areas is to be extended to 15 other provinces, broadening the army’s power. The worsening situation has also caused the US and UK to close their embassies in Bangkok, citing concerns.
Thai General Shot, Army Moves to Face Protestors [The New York Times, 13 May 2010]
Thai Red-Shirt Protestor Gen Khattiya Shot [BBC News, 13 May 2010]
Rogue Solder Shooting Sends Tensions Soaring [Reuters, 13 May 2010]