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22 November 2008 :: 19:11:14 pm 39991

Medical Teams, Hospitals Stand by to Assist Wounded Protesters

BANGKOK, Nov 22 -- More than 30 medical teams and 11 government hospitals in the Thai capital are on standby to provide emergency treatment to any wounded protesters of the anti-government People?s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) as the group will rally at Parliament on Sunday and Monday to express opposition to any consideration of constitutional amendments by the House.
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Public Health Minister Pol. Capt. Chalerm Yubamrung said he had ordered permanent secretary of Public Health Dr. Praj Boonyawongvirot to prepare some 30 emergency medical teams, comprising over 100 personnel, to be stationed at the rally site from early Saturday.

Also, 11 government hospitals in Bangkok must be well prepared, having physicians, medical staff and patient beds available round-the-clock, Mr. Chalerm said.

The urgent order was made out of concern that violence might occur — like the October 7 incidents in which two persons were killed and nearly 500 others wounded when police fired teargas into the PAD protesters at Parliament.

Dr. Praj, meanwhile, said he had instructed the officials of two emergency relief centres to coordinate with the assigned hospitals to delegate work if violence breaks out.

Initially, officials of the emergency relief centres will work from Saturday morning through Monday. (TNA)

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PAD VOLUNTEER GUARDS WOUNDED IN EXPLOSION NEAR GOVERNMENT HOUSE

BANGKOK, Nov 22 – Eight volunteer guards from the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) anti-government protesters wounded in an explosion at the Misakawan crossroads near Thailand’s now-vacated seat of government, which the PAD has occupied since late August in protest against the administration.

Police investigators and the bomb squad inspected the scene after the explosion at around 3 am Saturday morning.

The eight wounded men were sent to Ramathibodi Hospital for treatment, with one being seriously wounded at his chest and neck and receiving special attention in the intensive care unit (ICU).

The other seven were reported to be only slightly injured but the physicians on duty nonetheless requested that they remain in hospital for treatment.

Two cars and one motorcycle were also damaged by the explosion.

Witnesses said they saw two teenagers pass by on a motorcycle and throwing a bomb into a ground of PAD security volunteers who were sitting at the scene, before the motorcycle-mounted assailants fled.

Investigators collected fragments of the explosive device to determine what is was. The explosion came two days after one man was killed and 24 were wounded in a similar attack on the PAD activists and supporters at the Government House compound. The PAD had already called for a mass rally to blockade parliament on Sunday in response to Thursday’s fatal grenade assault on the protesters.

The anti-government coalition claimed that the government is a corrupt proxy for former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, ousted in a bloodless military coup in 2006 after protests that were also led by the PAD. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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