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Children’s deaths stagger Thailand amid deadlock

Tayakorn Yos-ubon, the father of two children killed in a bomb blast Sunday near an anti-government protest, grieved during their funeral in Bangkok on Monday.
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Tayakorn Yos-ubon, the father of two children killed in a bomb blast Sunday near an anti-government protest, grieved during their funeral in Bangkok on Monday.

BANGKOK — The Thai public has recoiled in shock over the recent deaths of children in politically related violence, and yet there seems to be no sign that either side in the impasse is softening its position.

After the latest casualties in Thailand’s months of political crisis, city residents have braced for more violence.

The attacks continued Monday night as a grenade was fired from an M79 launcher, apparently at the headquarters of the opposition Democrat Party, which is closely allied with the militant antigovernment protest movement. Police Colonel Kamthorn Auicharoen said there were no injuries but a car was damaged.

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A police officer who was shot in the head during a clash with antigovernment protesters last week died Monday.

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A father grimaced and wept Monday as he struggled to contain his grief at the death of his two children in a grenade attack during a weekend trip to a mall in downtown Bangkok.

‘‘I’m asking and pleading to every side to let my children be the last case [of violence] on Thai soil,’’ Tayakorn Yos-ubon, 33, said, his voice shaking, before retrieving their bodies from the morgue.

Korawit, 4, and his sister Patcharakorn, 6, were not part of the antigovernment demonstrations. They had piled into a three-wheeled ‘‘tuk-tuk’’ taxi after eating at a KFC with their 9-year-old boy cousin and an aunt when the attack occurred Sunday near a busy intersection occupied by the protesters.

The siblings, along with a 5-year-old girl who died Saturday in another attack on a rally site in the eastern province of Trat, are the first children to be killed in the country’s recent political unrest.

Associated Press