Thai capital under emergency as pro-government leader shot and wounded in northeast




 
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Thai capital under emergency as pro-government leader shot and wounded in northeast
 
January 22nd, 2014  
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Thai capital under emergency as pro-government leader shot and wounded in northeast
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre UDON THANI, Thailand (Reuters) - A leading pro-government activist was shot and wounded on Wednesday in Thailand's northeast, a stronghold of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, as a state of emergency began in the capital where protesters are trying to force her from power. The morning after the government issued the 60-day emergency decree, an unidentified gunman opened fire with an AK47 assault rifle on Kwanchai Praipana, a leader of Thailand's pro-government "red shirt" movement and a popular radio DJ, as he sat outside his home reading a newspaper. The attack in Udon Thani, about 450 km (280 miles) northeast of Bangkok, is the most significant violence outside the Thai capital in nearly three months of anti-government protests and illustrates the risk that the turbulence plaguing Bangkok could spread to other areas of Thailand.




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