Victims of Bangkok clashes describe violence

Victims of Bangkok clashes describe violence

BANGKOK - Victims of the recent political clashes in several parts of Bangkok have described the violence that has taken place this month.

The first flashpoint was at Ramkhamhaeng University on the night of November 30.

The second scene was close to Government House on December 1-3 when anti-government protesters tried to enter and seize Government House and the Metropolitan Police Bureau headquarters.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's Erawan emergency medical service said that as of this Thursday, at least 64 people had been injured in clashes near Ramkhamhaeng University and four people died. About 12 of the injured were admitted to hospital.

A further 220 people were injured during confrontations between anti-government demonstrators and police near Government House and the Metropolitan Police Bureau. Of these, 11 were admitted at hospitals.

Yesterday, the Erawan emergency centre reported that three people had been injured in two clashes near the anti-government demonstration near the Finance Ministry and Khok Wua Intersection in Banglamphu. They were sent for medical treatment at three hospitals - Rajavithi, Vachira and Klang.

A 46-year-old man had what looked like a gunshot wound to his arm, a spokesman at the centre said. He was sent from the anti-government rally at the Finance Ministry to Rajavithi Hospital.

Two other people were sent from Khok Wua Intersection with injuries after a clash between a motorcycle gang and anti-government protesters.

A 35-year-old man, who was sent to Klang Hospital, had a ragged wound on his right hand and finger. And an 18-year-old, who was sent to Vachira Hospital, had a stab wound to his left rib.

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