Anti-government protest leader shot dead in Bangkok

Sunday 26 January 2014 08.57
Violence erupted as demonstrators in Bangkok tried to block early voting for an election next week
Violence erupted as demonstrators in Bangkok tried to block early voting for an election next week

A man identified by police as one of the leaders of anti-government protests in Thailand has been shot dead.

Violence erupted as demonstrators in Bangkok tried to block early voting for an election next week.

Piya Utayo, a spokesman for Thailand's national police, identified the dead man as Suthin Taratin.

"At least five other people were injured," he said.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has called elections for 2 February in an attempt to defuse protests that have dragged on since November and which have flared occasionally into violence.