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Police hunt 'pink raincoat' rally gunman

Pedestrians walk past the Royal Thai Police headquarters. The sign was cleaned after it was splashed with paint by anti-government protesters on Wednesday evening. (Photo by Apichart Jinakul)

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Police are hunting for a man wearing a pink raincoat who may have fired shots at people protesting outside parliament during the violent clashes on Tuesday.

Police said the man was believed to be a guard of the People's Movement protesters and is suspected of having shot at people on Thahan Road.

Six people suffered gunshot wounds during the clashes on Tuesday, which involved police, anti-government protesters and pro-monarchy demonstrators. Police used tear gas and water cannon on demonstrators but denied using live rounds.

Some in the crowd were shot, according to medical workers, but it was unclear who opened fire. A photo of the man wearing the pink raincoat aiming what looked like a weapon at the protesters was shared on social media.

Meanwhile, Labour Minister Suchart Chomklin on Thursday denied any links with a group of yellow-shirt demonstrators who fought with pro-democracy protesters outside parliament.

The yellow-shirt protesters were said to have travelled from Chon Buri, which is Mr Suchart's political stronghold.

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Vocabulary:

clash : a brief fight between two or more people - การปะทะกันสองฝ่าย

denied (verb): said that something is not true or did not happen - ปฏิเสธ

guard : a person who protect somebody/something - ผู้คุ้มกัน, คนเฝ้า

links : connections - ความเชื่อมโยงกัน

live round : a real bullet fired from a gun, rather than a blank round which is not real -

opened fire : started shooting at something with guns -

stronghold : bastion; an area where there is a lot of support for a political party  - ฐานเสียง, ฐานที่มั่น, ขุมกำลัง

tear gas : a gas used by some police and armed forces to control crowds of people. It hurts the eyes and makes them produce tears - ก๊าซน้ำตา

water cannon : a machine that produces a powerful flow of water, used by the police to control crowds of people -

weapon : an object such as a knife, gun, bomb, etc. that is used for fighting or attacking somebody - อาวุธ

wound : an injury in which your skin or flesh is damaged - บาดแผล

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