Sunday, November 30, 2008

51 Protesters Wounded In Thailand Explosions

Bangkok Police gather in formation near a checkpoint Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008, at Suvarnabhumi in Bangkok. Demonstrators with the People's Alliance for Democracy continue to hold both of Bangkok's airports and say they will not leave until Thai Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat resigns from office. (AP Photo/David Longstreath)

From Yahoo News/AP:

BANGKOK, Thailand – Attackers set off explosions at anti-government protest sites Sunday, wounding 51 people and raising fears of widening confrontations in Thailand's worst political crisis that has strangled its economy and shut down its main airports.

The first blast occurred inside Prime Minister Somchai Wongsawat's office compound, which protesters seized in August and have held ever since. Suriyasai Katasiya, a spokesman for the protest group, said a grenade landed on the roof of a tent where protesters were resting, rolled down to the ground and exploded.

At least 49 people were injured, said Surachet Sathitniramai at the Narenthorn Medical Center. He said nine were hospitalized, including four in serious condition.

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My Comment: The confrontation at the airport is probably going to end this week. No country can sustain such a blockade for any length of time.

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