Thaksin's big-time opponent latest victim of political violence

national January 26, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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Sutin Taratin, one of leaders of People's Army to Overthrow the Thaksin Regime, has become the latest victim of political violence. He was gunned down Sunday outside the Bang Na advance voting station.

He was an non-governmental organisaton officer working for Local Development Institute (LDI) and he was close to former secretary-general of the State Enterprises Labour Relations Confederation Somsak Kosaisuk.

Suthin was one of founders of People’s Army to Overthrow the Thaksin Regime, which was established in June, 2013. He was chief of guard of the group when they staged rally at Bangkok’s Lumpini Park until the group joined the People’s Democratic Reform Committee.

Earlier Suthin was former deputy director of New Politics Party, affiliated with yellow-shirt but now-defunct People’s Alliance for Democracy, while Somsak is party leader.

Anti-government protest leader Suriyasai Katasila said Suthin was not a hardline leader at all.

Suthin’s last responsibility before being shot dead was the leader of the rally at Energy Ministry campaigning for returning energy conglomerate PTT Plc as a state asset, according to Suriyasai.

“The death of Suthin is a big loss. It also showed the failure of the government [to handle the situation]” Suriyasai said.


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