Update: 1 killed, 5 injured in clash on Ramkhamhaeng rd

At around 11 p.m., the Facebook page "Policespokesman," believed to be the official Facebook page of a spokesman of the Royal Thai Police, revealed that one person was killed while five were injured by bullets during clashes in front of Rajamangala Stadium on Ramkhamhaeng Road on Saturday evening.

 

The dead man was identified as Taweesak Phokaew, 21. He was hit by a bullet under his ribcage. 

 

Three people have been admitted to Ramkhamhaeng Hospital:

1 Jiraphan Klongchatriphong, 25. Bullet wound above the right knee. 

2 Chatchai Khamprasong, 23. Bullet wound to the right arm. 

3 Sanai Chankerd, 33. Bullet wound to the right arm. 

 

Two injured persons have been treated at Phaet Panya Hospital on Rama IX road 

1 Boon, 30, reportedly a Cambodian construction worker at the university. Two bullet wounds in his back.

2 Atthapon Hormpubpha, 19. Two bullet wounds to the left leg. 

 

There are no reports identifying these victims as anti-government or pro-goverment protesters.

 

At 11.30 p.m., Ramkhamhaeng Road was still closed.

 
 
At around 11 p.m. some red shirts gathered near the gate of the Sports Authority of Thailand, about 300 metres from Ramkhamhaeng Road, in order to observe the situation where clashes had taken place a few hours earlier. 
 

Tension near the pro-government red shirt rally on Ramkhamhaeng road escalated after one person was killed and at least three injured in hours-long confrontations between red-shirt supporters and anti-government protesters. 

 

The incident in the evening followed earlier clashes between anti-government student groups from Ramkhamhaeng University and the red shirts who, for the past week, have been holding a pro-government rally at the Rajamangala stadium, next door to the university,.

 

The police closed off Ramkhamhaeng Rd to control the situation, but gunshots and fireworks were heard continuously from the other side of the stadium.

 

Speaking on stage, red shirt leaders condemned the attacks, saying that this was organized by the leaders of the anti-government protest, and called on both sides to resort to peaceful means.

 

About 70,000 red shirts joined the protest inside Rajamangala stadium on Saturday, while hundreds in both groups have been in confrontation all evening and night.

 
 

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