Thai protest leader shot dead in front of voting station

An anti-government protest leader was shot to death in Bangkok Sunday as he and fellow demonstrators blocked a voting station, police said.

Suthin Thararin, of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), was killed and nine other injured in front of Sri Eiam Temple, CNN reported.

“Suthin Tharathin was shot in the head while giving a speech from the back of a pick-up truck,” protest spokesman Akanat Promphan told the Agence France-Presse.

“The government has failed to provide any safety and security for anybody today despite the emergency decree,” he said, referring to a government order empowering police to control protests.

Authorities could not confirm the identity of the shooter or shooters, but said there were clashes between anti-government protesters government supporters, CNN said.

The PDRC forced most of Bangkok’s polling stations to close on Sunday, obstructing advance voting for the Feb. 2 election.

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