Mourners honor Thai protester leader killed in violence
Monday, January 27, 2014 - 00:57
Jan. 27 - A ceremony is held in the Thai capital Bangkok for an anti-government protest leader who was killed when violence erupted in Bangkok during demonstrations to block early voting ahead of a disputed election next week. Nathan Frandino reports.
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Thai protesters line up to pay their respects to a protest leader killed in violence in Bangkok.
As family members of Suthin Tharatin mourned, a memorial hall filled up with supporters for a Buddhist ceremony.
Tharatin was shot and killed on Sunday when violence erupted as demonstrators blocked early voting in many areas of the capital.
One opposition leader condemned the violence.
(SOUNDBITE) (Thai) OPPOSITION LEADER, ABHISIT VEJJAJIVA, SAYING:
"There should be no violence because the protesters have protested peacefully without weapons. But the protesters were attacked from outside."
Polls were opened for advance voting ahead of a disputed election next week.
Anti-government protests have taken over the country in recent months.
Many are calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra who they accuse of corruption.
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