- Title: THAILAND-BLAST/NIGHT Thais light candles to pay tribute to blast victims
- Date: 18th August 2015
- Summary: BANGKOK, THAILAND (AUGUST 18, 2015) (REUTERS) ****WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** PEOPLE STANDING AT RATCHAPRASONG INTERSECTION MAN HOLDING FLOWERS HANDS PUTTING FLOWERS ON TABLE VARIOUS OF FLOWERS ON TABLE PEOPLE GATHERING ON STREET / TRAFFIC ON ROAD MAN PAYING RESPECT WITH CANDLE (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) RELATIVE OF VICTIM, 24 YEAR-OLD TANAKIT SINSUWONG, SAYING: "They should not do this to our country. People who are innocent should not be victims. Nobody would want to come to Thailand." CANDLES AND FLOWERS ON TABLE VARIOUS OF PEOPLE PUTTING DOWN CANDLES AND FLOWERS SIGN READING (English) "STRONG TOGETHER" PEOPLE PUTTING DOWN CANDLES ON GROUND (SOUNDBITE) (Thai) BANGKOK RESIDENT, KANYA ADISORNPAKUL, SAYING: "Please don't create hate in the society now, like what this group of people are trying to create. I want this time to be a time to show love and care to each other." CANDLES ON GROUND READING "RIP"
- Embargoed: 2nd September 2015 13:00
- Location: Thailand
- Country: Thailand
- Topics: General
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- Story Text: A group of Thais gathered at Ratchaprasong intersection to pay tribute to those who lost lives during a blast in Bangkok on Tuesday (August 18).
Students, relatives and others lit candles and brought flowers in memorial of 22 people killed in Monday's attack (August 17).
Thai authorities said on Tuesday they were looking for a suspect seen on closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage near the famous shrine where the blast took place.
24 year-old Tanakit Sinsuwong, who lost his grandmother in the blast, told Reuters he was concerned that foreigners would stop visiting his country. Nearly half of those killed in the blast were foreigners.
"They should not do this to our country. People who are innocent should not be victims. Nobody would want to come to Thailand." he said.
Some have called for love and care during this difficult time.
"Please don't create hate in the society now, like what this group of people are trying to create. I want this time to be a time to show love and care to each other." said Kanya Adisornpakul, a Bangkok resident.
The government said the attack during the Monday evening rush hour in the capital's bustling commercial hub was aimed at destroying the economy. No one has claimed responsibility.
Amid jangling nerves in the city on Tuesday, a small explosive was thrown from a bridge towards a river pier, sending a plume of water into the air, but no one was injured.
The man suspected of the bombing at the Erawan shrine was seen in grainy CCTV footage entering the compound with a backpack on, sitting down against a railing and then slipping out of the bag's straps.
Wearing a yellow shirt and with shaggy, dark hair, the young man then stands up and walks out holding a blue plastic bag and what appears to be a mobile phone. The backpack was left by the fence as tourists milled about.
National police chief Somyot Pumpanmuang said the suspect could be Thai or foreign.
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