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Protester succumbs to his injuries

A 46-year-old anti-government protester yesterday succumbed to severe injuries sustained in Friday's grenade attack during a protest march, according to an emergency medical service agency.

The victim, Prakong Chuchan, was among 40 people who were injured after a grenade was thrown at protesters while they were marching on Banthad Thong Road.

Erawan Emergency Medical Services Centre of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration said yesterday that Prakong, a resident of Phuket who had been sent to Ramathibodi Hospital for treatment, died early yesterday.

Prakong was pronounced dead at 1.57am due to excessive loss of blood and complications such as acute renal failure, peripheral failure, and acid in the blood, according to Ramathibodi Hospital. He was hit by pieces of bomb shrapnel that pierced his left chest and damaged a main artery. The shrapnel also caused a lacerated wound in his lung.

Forty people - 29 men and 11 women - were injured in the bomb attack on Friday and one of them died, the Erawan Emergency Medical Services Centre reported yesterday.

Twelve injured protesters were sent to undergo treatment at the hospital. Six of them had already been discharged.

Another 12 were sent to Huachiew Hospital and four of them were admitted. Three were sent to Klang Hospital and two were admitted. Thirteen were sent to Chulalongkorn Hospital.

Meanwhile, Pol Colonel Narat Savetanant, the director-general of the Ministry of Justice's Rights and Liberties Protection Department, yesterday said the agency would provide Prakong's family Bt100,000 under the Compensation and Expense for the Injured Person and Compensation and Expense for the Accused in Criminal Case Act.


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