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Victim's parents call for better policing

Narames and Suree Theerarang-sikul lost their only son Taweesak Phokaew, a 21-year-old business administration student at Ramkhamhaeng University, to gunshot wounds on Saturday.

Earlier that day, altercations had broken out between protesters and pro-government red shirts rallying at Rajamangala Stadium nearby.

Narames, an expert at the Department of Mineral Resources, recounted that their son lived in a dormitory near the university and only visited them during weekends.

Suree, the director of Sirindhorn Museum in Kalasin, said her son liked to participate in political rallies, but usually informed them about it. This time, though, he did not tell them anything.

"We never stopped him because we believed he had the right to express himself. But we never thought that protests like this would turn violent," the mourning mother said.

"This only proves that police measures to prevent or handle incidents like this are very weak. I would like to call on those in charge to find the wrongdoer quickly, otherwise more lives will be lost for nothing in the future," she said.

Narames said the loss of lives this time should serve as a warning for Thais. "At 9pm, my wife called to say our son had been shot. I went to Ramkhamhaeng Hospital only to learn that he was dead," Narames recounted.

Taweesak's funeral rites are being held in Sing Buri, where he grew up with his grandparents.


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