Shot Thai Protest Leader Dies

'Red commander' shooting boosts violence
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2010 4:50 AM CDT
Maj. Gen. Khattiya Sawasdipol looks on at the site of an anti-government rally in Bangkok, Thailand, last year.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A leader of the Thai anti-government Red Shirts who was shot in the head by a sniper last week in the middle of a media interview has died. Tensions in Bangkok escalated after Maj. Gen. Khattiya Sawasdipol, known as Seh Daeng (Red Commander), was shot last week while talking to a New York Times reporter.

News of Sawasdipol's death came after 11 more people died in clashes between government forces and protesters yesterday and last night. The Thai government yesterday urged protesters to end the violence, but refused their demand for UN mediation, CNN reports.

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