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3 shot with 'live' rounds

AT LEAST three people were shot with "live" bullets during clashes yesterday between anti-government demonstrators and police in Bangkok, according to the Public Health Ministry.

As of 4pm yesterday, 94 people had received treatment for tear gas injuries at Bangkok hospitals - and no death was reported, Public Health Minister Pradith Sinthawanarong said.

At press time, Pradit said the toll of people injured in the ongoing unrest from November 30 |to 4pm on December 2 stood at 221. The civil strife has already seen at least three deaths, all victims of incidents in Ramkhamhaeng.

Ramathibodi Hospital director Assoc Prof Dr Surasak Leelaudomlipi said four protesters arrived at the hospital yesterday.

Two suffered from 'live' bullets and required surgery; one sustained a shot in the chest and the other was shot in the leg. Two other protesters were shot with rubber bullets; one was hit in stomach and the other only had a minor injury and was discharged.

One injured protester was Araya Klabwila, 43, who said he was hit by tear gas and an unidentified object in his right shoulder.

He was rushed from a protest outside the Metropolitan Police Bureau to Vajira Hospital at 1pm.

"I want police to stop using violence to disperse us as we did not enter into forbidden areas," he said. Araya drove his car from Songkhla to join the anti-government rally at Rajdamnoen two days ago.

"I just want them to call a new election and negotiations, which will be the way to unlock the political deadlock," he said.

"I still believe in elections. A new election would get us out of misunderstanding in society and we would have to accept the result of a new election."




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