Skip to main content

Thai protest in Bangkok: 28 injured in explosions

By Kocha Olarn, CNN
January 20, 2014 -- Updated 1732 GMT (0132 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: A man wounded from a blast at a protest Friday has died
  • Nine people have died since protests started in November
  • A number of violent incidents have flared around the protests
  • Protesters want Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down

Bangkok, Thailand (CNN) -- At least 28 people were injured in two explosions at an opposition rally in the Thai capital of Bangkok on Sunday, authorities said.

A local journalist is among the injured, said Paradon Patthanathabut, the national security chief.

The latest blasts came just two days after another pair of explosions wounded more than two dozen people at an anti-government rally on Friday. One man wounded at the protest Friday died Saturday, emergency officials said.

Since demonstrations against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's government began in November, nine people have died and more than 450 have been wounded, according to authorities.

Thailand's embattled PM speaks out
Bangkok protests hurting Thailand tourism

In a bid to resolve the current crisis, Yingluck dissolved parliament last month and called for new elections to be held on February 2.

But the move has done little to appease protesters. They have called on the Prime Minister to step down from her caretaker position and be replaced by an unelected "people's council," which would see through electoral and political changes.

The opposition Democrat Party has said it will boycott the elections.

Protest leaders have said they want to rid Thailand of the influence of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, the older brother of Yingluck.

Thaksin was ousted in a military coup in 2006 and has spent most of the time since then in exile overseas. If he returns, he risks a two-year prison sentence on a corruption conviction, which he says was politically motivated.

The recent protests in Bangkok were prompted by a botched attempt by Yingluck's government to pass an amnesty bill that would have opened the door for her brother's return.

READ: Explosions rocks Bangkok

READ: What's behind the demonstrations?

READ: Bangkok protests: Updated info for tourists

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
Thailand coup
August 21, 2014 -- Updated 0721 GMT (1521 HKT)
The military leader who took control of Thailand in a coup in May has been named the country's prime minister.
June 16, 2014 -- Updated 0437 GMT (1237 HKT)
Thailand's new military ruler has added a personal touch to the post-coup charm offensive, writing the lyrics to a pro-junta ballad.
June 10, 2014 -- Updated 0503 GMT (1303 HKT)
Pageant winner Weluree "Fai" Ditsayabut has relinquished her title under a barrage of criticism over her comments about red shirts.
June 4, 2014 -- Updated 1132 GMT (1932 HKT)
They may not be led by Katniss Everdeen, but Thai protesters have adopted one of her symbols. Jessica King reports.
May 26, 2014 -- Updated 0729 GMT (1529 HKT)
The general who seized control of Thailand in a coup has announced he has received royal endorsement to run the country.
May 25, 2014 -- Updated 1901 GMT (0301 HKT)
Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is no longer in military custody, according to a highly placed source in the junta.
May 25, 2014 -- Updated 0936 GMT (1736 HKT)
Photos of the demonstrations against military rule in Thailand.
May 24, 2014 -- Updated 2003 GMT (0403 HKT)
U.S. suspends $3.5 million in aid to Thailand after the military took charge of the country.
May 23, 2014 -- Updated 1205 GMT (2005 HKT)
Thailand's military declared Thursday that it has taken control of the country in a coup. What does it mean? Here's our explainer.
May 23, 2014 -- Updated 1206 GMT (2006 HKT)
If you're planning on visiting the country, you should be aware of what's going on.
May 23, 2014 -- Updated 0855 GMT (1655 HKT)
The U.S. Ambassador to Thailand, Kristie Kenney, reacts to the Thai military coup.
May 23, 2014 -- Updated 1204 GMT (2004 HKT)
The Thai military has censored TV and radio -- and social media could be next.
May 22, 2014 -- Updated 1802 GMT (0202 HKT)
Many people are going about their lives as normal -- some are even responding playfully.
One iReporter living in Bangkok says he is more worried about neighborhood snakes than the military coup.
May 22, 2014 -- Updated 2148 GMT (0548 HKT)
Thailand's military chief announces coup in a televised national address.
ADVERTISEMENT