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Nighttime attack on Thai antigovernment protesters wounds at least 20

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One person has been killed and 23 others wounded in a grenade attack Thursday against antigovernment protesters occupying the Thai prime minister's offices in Bangkok. The attack marks an escalation in violence after a six-day lull and may herald an aggressive push to dislodge members of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), who seized Government House in August.

This is the first fatal attack inside the government compound where hundreds of PAD protesters are camped out in a fortified tent city, reports CNN.

According to Agence France-Presse (AFP), the attack occurred just hours after the cremation ceremonies of Princess Galyani – the late sister of King Bhumibol Adulyadej – ended. There had been a respite in violence during the princess' six-day funeral.

The fatal blast did not cause PAD protesters to disperse, reports Reuters. Instead, more people flocked to Government House to show their support for PAD.

After the explosion, PAD leadership accused the government of launching the grenade attack and called for renewed mass protests, reports the Bangkok Post, an English-language Thai daily.


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