Thai ‘Red Shirts’ raid hospital in Bangkok

A major hospital in Bangkok was forced to evacuate patients and suspend operations after about 100 anti-government protesters stormed the building late Thursday.

The Red Shirts rushed into Chulalongkorn Hospital, located near their encampment in Bangkok’s upscale shopping and tourist center, looking for Thai security forces they believed were hiding there.  The group later withdrew after failing to find any troops.

Weng Tojirakarn, one of Red Shirt leaders, later apologized for the raid on the hospital, calling it “inappropriate.”

In a nationally televised speech, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said he would not directly criticize the protesters, because Thai society and the international community have already condemned the hospital raid.

The seven-week long demonstrations by the Red Shirts have virtually shut down Bangkok and devastated Thailand’s tourism sector, which accounts for six percent of the nation’s economy.

At least 27 people have been killed and nearly 1,000 wounded since the start of the protests.

Source Voice of America



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