Prelude to polls: Protest leader shot dead

CHECKING NAMES. Thai voters check their name on electoral lists after anti-government protesters shutdown a polling station in Bangkok, Thailand, 26 January 2014. Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

A Thai anti-government protest leader was shot dead on January 26, as demonstrators besieged polling stations in Bangkok, disrupting advance voting for next weekend’s controversial general election. Nine other people were injured in the shooting, with the violence deepening doubts over whether next weekend’s ballot can go ahead. The February 2 election was called by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to try to calm rising political tensions after weeks of mass anti-government protests. Suthin Tharathin, a leader of the Dharma Army, was the 10th person to be killed during nearly 3 months of rallies.

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