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Political Violence

'Ram' students who sought to get home were targeted

Victims of the recent political clashes in several parts of Bangkok have described the violence that has taken place this month.

The first flashpoint was at Ramkhamhaeng University on the night of November 30.

The second scene was close to Government House on December 1-3 when anti-government protesters tried to enter and seize Government House and the Metropolitan Police Bureau headquarters.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's Erawan emergency medical service said that as of this Thursday, at least 64 people had been injured in clashes near Ramkhamhaeng University and four people died. About 12 of the injured were admitted to hospital.

A further 220 people were injured during confrontations between anti-government demonstrators and police near Government House and the Metropolitan Police Bureau. Of these, 11 were admitted at hospitals.

Yesterday, the Erawan emergency centre reported that three people had been injured in two clashes near the anti-government demonstration near the Finance Ministry and Khok Wua Intersection in Banglamphu. They were sent for medical treatment at three hospitals - Rajavithi, Vachira and Klang.

A 46-year-old man had what looked like a gunshot wound to his arm, a spokesman at the centre said. He was sent from the anti-government rally at the Finance Ministry to Rajavithi Hospital.

Two other people were sent from Khok Wua Intersection with injuries after a clash between a motorcycle gang and anti-government protesters.

A 35-year-old man, who was sent to Klang Hospital, had a ragged wound on his right hand and finger. And an 18-year-old, who was sent to Vachira Hospital, had a stab wound to his left rib.

A rescue team from Rajapipat Hospital, who took the two men to the hospitals, reported a loud explosion near Khok Wua Intersection.

Kaew (not his real name), 23, who was shot in the right knee, said he was in Ramkhamhaeng University throughout the night on November 30. He could not get out of the building because he heard a loud explosion and the sound of gunshots near the university.

But at 7am on December 1 - last Sunday - he decided to run out of the building, as he wanted to go home.

At that time, there was an announcement to warn students and other people inside the university not to go out of their buildings. When he did, he was shot in his right knee, then sent to Rajavithi Hospital.

Meanwhile, Chai (not his real name), 23, also was shot in his lower leg while inside "Ram" University at 7am on Sunday.

He said the gunshot came from an elevated road in front of the university.

Like Kaew, Chai was inside the university all night on November 30 as he heard gunshots and explosion throughout the night.

"Actually, I really wanted to go home on November 30 but I could not because my younger brother did not want to go home. So I decided to stay with my brother, but we could not get out of the building as explosion-like sounds and gunshots occurred throughout the night," he said.

At 7am on Sunday, he decided to get out of the building to go home and was shot in the leg when he reached the university gate.

Nan (not her real name), 52, said she joined the battle between anti-government protesters and police at Chamai Maruchet Bridge. She was hurt by tear gas at 2pm on Sunday while hiding from street clashes under the library at Rajamangala University of Technology Phra Nakhon.

She said she saw some tear-gas canisters thrown from a building in Phitsanulok Road near the confrontation site.

She was sent to a mobile medical unit near the protest site, but is now being treated at Ramathibhodi Hospital for the wound to her right hand.

Number of victims

The total number of casualties from political turmoil in Bangkok from November 30 to December 6:

Injured: 289

Injured with live bullets: 8

Treated: 25

In ICU: 4

Deaths: 4

Source: Public Health Ministry and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's Erawan emergency medical service centre.

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