17 May '11, 2am

A year after deadly clashes that killed more than 90, Thais remain divided as polls loom

A year after deadly clashes that killed more than 90, Thais remain divided as polls loom

This file picture taken on May 19, 2010 shows a hardline Thai 'Red Shirt' anti-government protester setting fire to a commercial building after the leaders of the movement announced their surrender in downtown Bangkok. -- PHOTO: AFP BANGKOK - WHEN Kamonkate Akkahad volunteered to help the victims of Thailand's bloody street clashes a year ago, the Bangkok temple where she set to work was declared a safe zone by both sides. Yet it turned out not to be so safe after all. On May 19, the day of the army's crackdown to disperse the opposition 'Red Shirts', the 25-year-old was shot dead while giving medical help to an injured protester. 'I saw the pictures on TV. That's how I saw that my daughter was shot, lying there, one of six bodies,' her mother Phayaw Akkahad told AFP. Phayaw still has no answers about the death of her daughter, now known as 'Nurse Kate' - and neither do th...

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