Rogue Thai General Dies from Gunshot Wound

A general considered responsible for forming the paramilitary arm of the Thai Red Shirts has succumbed to a gunshot wound he sustained on Thursday, sparking new clashes in Bangkok’s business district. Maj. Gen. Khattiya Sawasdiphol died on Monday at the Vajira Hospital, fiva days since he was hit in the head by a bullet that apparently came from a sniper.

The wounding of Sawasdiphol, who is known as Seh Daeng to protesters, sparked violence in the business district, where more than 30 people have died. Red Shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan said that with the death of Seh Daeng, it is now the duty of protesters to “carry on the quest for justice.” Prompan added that only the intervention of revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej could end the political crisis in Thailand.

Earlier, the Thai government rejected the United Nation’s offer to broker a dialogue between the administration and the protesters, raising fears of continued clashes in the country.