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Suthin set up 'People's Army'

Suthin Taratin, who was shot dead at a polling station in Bang Na yesterday, had worked for the non-government group Local Development Institute (LDI) before he joined anti-Thaksin protesters. He later became a leader of the People's Army to Overthrow the Thaksin Regime.

Born in Nakhon Si Thammarat, he was close to Somsak Kosaisuk, the former secretary-general of the State Enterprises Labour Relations Confederation.

Suthin was a former deputy director of New Politics Party, affiliated with the yellow shirts, while Somsak is party leader. Suthin was also a founder of the People's Army to Overthrow the Thaksin Regime in June last year. He was chief of the group's guards when they staged a rally at Lumpini Park in August until the group joined the People's Democratic Reform Committee.

Anti-government protest leader Suriyasai Katasila said Suthin was not a hard-core type. Suthin helped Surayasai when the latter founded Green Politics group. Suthin's last responsibility before being shot dead was as the leader of a rally at the Energy Ministry campaigning for the return of energy conglomerate PTT Plc as a state asset, Suriyasai said. Yesterday Suthin led protesters to rally against advance voting in the Bang Na area, which was where he was shot dead.

"Suthin's death is a big loss. It also shows the failure of the government [to handle the situation]," Suriyasai said.

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