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Explosion in Thai capital injures 10


October 30, 2008

Thailand Political Stalemate:
Explosion in Thai capital injures 10

An explosive device was hurled at a key anti-government protest site in Thailand's capital before dawn Thursday, leaving 10 people wounded, reported the Associated Press.

All of the wounded were guards for the anti-government protest movement, the People's Alliance for Democracy, said police Capt. Pompet Chotelang, who was at the scene in Bangkok.

Protesters have occupied the grounds of the prime minister's office compound since August as well as a bridge that leads to the Government House, both of which are patrolled by guards.

Makawan bridge was the target of Thursday's pre-dawn explosion, which occurred about 3am local time.

There was no claim of responsibility for the attack or any immediate indication of who was behind it, said Pompet.

Protesters say they will not leave the prime minister's compound until allies of deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra are out of power.

They accuse Thaksin of corruption and the current prime minister Somchai Wongsawat, who is a brother-in-law of Thaksin, of being his proxy. Somchai has been forced to operate out of a makeshift office at Bangkok's old international airport.

Thaksin was convicted earlier this month of violating a conflict of interest law. He is living in self-imposed exile in London.

Protesters planned to rally later Thursday outside the British Embassy to demand the extradition of Thaksin, a normally lengthy process the Thai government says it has not yet started.

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