January 28, 2014 00:00 By Mongkhon Komprad Patcha Suwan
An injured protester, who survives Sunday's bloody incident in Bangkok's Bang Na district, clearly saw the faces of his attackers.
“One of them had a gun,” Cheuy Klaengkratoke, 75, said.
A group of men beat him unconscious while he joined efforts to close down a polling station for advance balloting.
“The gunman was about to shoot me but his friends prevented him from doing so probably because a woman was right next to me on the same pickup. They beat me up instead,” he said.
In the same incident, protest leader Suthin Taratin was shot dead on a nearby vehicle. Wicharn Sukbangnop, 54, from Nakhon Si Thammarat said he was with Suthin when someone opened fire on a truck they were riding in.
“He was shot and I was shot too,” Wicharn said yesterday. He lamented that he tried to ask police to come to help but none stepped forward.
A number of policemen were deployed at the polling booth at the time of the attack.
Recounting the attack, Wicharn said he saw a number of men shouting abuses and wielding iron bars in front of his convoy.
“So, we tried to warn our group’s members to be careful. We also moved our truck forward as we hoped to help our members on another pickup. We could saw many men hitting at that pickup. As we moved further, someone opened fire,” he said.
The attack killed Suthin and injured 12 protesters.