Shot Burmese migrant recovering in Bangkok hospital

Shot Burmese migrant recovering in Bangkok hospital

A Burmese migrant shot and injured three days ago in the midst of anti-government protests in Bangkok is still undergoing treatment at Ramathibodi Hospital in the Thai capital.

Tun Tun Oo, 22, was shot on 6 January around 5am outside the bakery where he works, which is located close to a “Yellow Shirt” rally site. His mother Yin Htwe said it was unclear where the bullet came from.

“My son was shot when he got off the truck to unload the goods – he didn’t immediately realise he had been wounded until he tried to run away and couldn’t breathe,” she said.

The migrant worker sustained a gunshot wound to the right side of his chest, but was said to be in stable condition. The Royal Thai Police found a bullet cartridge near the scene and promised to find the shooter, according to his mother.

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Tun Tun Oo, a native of Karen State capital Hpa-an, has been working in Thailand for about two years. He was visited at the hospital by officials from the Burmese embassy who donated 5,000 baht (US$167) to him, according to Kyaw Kyaw Lwin, the labour attaché at the embassy.

“We have made contact with his employer who pledged his full support,” said Kyaw Kyaw Lwin.

The Burmese embassy in Bangkok recently put out a warning to all Burmese nationals in Thailand warning them not to get involved in the protests.

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