Bangkok Explosion: Tension Heightened By Bangkok Grenade Attacks

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Thursday evening, several grenades rocked the capital of Thailand; the Bangkok explosion is serving only to worsen tensions between government troops, pro-government “no color” protesters and anti-government red shirt protestors. The Bangkok explosion went off when at least five M-79 grenades were shot into the business region of the heavily populated city. The government of Thailand is seeking cash advance loans to help quell the protesters, while anti-government groups are building makeshift forts in large areas of the city.

Bangkok explosion origin unknown

Currently under heated debate is the origin of the Bangkok explosion. News reporters were told by Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand Suthep Thaugsuban that the Bangkok grenade attacks originated an M-79 grenade launcher, which has a 400-meter shooting range. Thaugsuban says “it was clear that it was shot from behind the King Rama VI Monument where the Red Shirts are rallying.” On the other hand, Red Shirt protest leader Jatuporn Prompan and Red Shirt spokesman Sean Boonpracong deny that the Red Shirts had anything to do with the Bangkok explosion.

Bangkok Explosion – Casualty Reports

The numbers of injuries and deaths from the Bangkok explosion are still coming in. Many heavily populated areas including train stations were shot by grenades. A “no-color” pro-government rally were also ripped through by the Bangkok explosions. Current reports are that three are dead and at least 75 are wounded.

At a time of high tension come Bangkok explosions

Most poor and rural Red Shirt protesters have been marching on the Thai government for the past six weeks, demanding instant governmental elections. Less than two weeks ago, the government used payday loans from its own treasury to send in troops to disperse Red Shirt protesters in Bangkok, but the ensuing clashes led to 25 dead and hundreds injured.

Reinforcing them with sharpened bamboo sticks, many Red Shirt protesters are starting to take over sections of Bangkok. The government has warned the protesters that they will face “live weapons and tear gas” if they do not disperse. Primarily, Red Shirt protesters believe the current government, the result of a 2006 coup, is not legitimate.

Sources:

New York Times

Wall Street Journal

Sydney Morning Herald

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