Thai protesters, gov’t blame each other for bomb attack: Protesters in Thailand are blaming the government for Friday’s bomb attack that killed one and injured 37, while authorities have raised suspicions that the incident may have been set up by the protest movement itself, say reports.
People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) leader Suthep Thaugsuban, in an emotional speech following the blast, told supporters he holds the caretaker government of Yingluck Shinawatra responsible for the grenade attack and vowed to escalate his anti-government rallies.
Police are raising questions about the incident which occurred after the protesters made a last-minute change in their march route, and blocked police and reporters from entering a building near the attack scene where they say they found a stash of weapons, according to a Bangkok Post report.
Thailand’s Channel 5, Channel 9, and BlueSky Channel were later allowed to film the inspection inside.
Following the explosion, protesters were seen running into the deserted building, trying to capture the attacker.
Military police searched the building with PDRC guards, while police officers outside were booed and jeered by the protesters.
The police are widely viewed as being pro-Thaksin and pro-red shirt, while the military is seen as being anti-Thaksin.
There has been speculation on social media that some military officers had cooperated with the PDRC in setting up the attack.
Mr Suthep denied he was behind the attack, saying “I am not that kind [of person]. I don’t kill my own supporters”.
He also said that the incident showed the prime minister was not stupid, but a “demon”, according to reports.
Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra denied that the government was behind the attack.
‘I do not support any kind of violence and will take action against those who do,” she said.
Police have asked the PDRC to allow them and forensic workers to inspect the scene where the weapons stash was found, and have promised to intensify security around the rallies in the wake of the attack.