Rogue General Shot in Thailand

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Supporters of deposed Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra shout slogans during a protest in Bangkok on March 12, 2010 (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

The Thai government is extending a state of emergency to cover 17 provinces across the country in a bid to tamp down antigovernment protests.

In Bangkok, a Thai general who's been leading a group of antigovernment protesters was shot in the head, according to The New York Times. The renegade officer was critically wounded.

Here's the account of The Time's reporter who was interviewing the general when he was shot:

The general, Khattiya Sawatdiphol, 58, was struck in the head by a bullet during an interview with this reporter about 7 p.m. on the street in central Bangkok, near a park occupied by his hard-line followers. This reporter, who was facing the general and about two feet away, heard a loud bang not unlike a firecracker. The general fell to the ground, with his eyes wide open, and protesters took his apparently lifeless body to the hospital, screaming out his nickname.

According to the Associated Press, the protesters, mostly rural poor, are demanding the dissolution of Parliament. They believe Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's coalition government came to power illegitimately through manipulation of the courts and the backing of the powerful military.

 

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