Bears On The Rampage In Bangkok

Holding a gun to his head, Vivat Srisammacheep sat on the mauve-marble floor of the lobby in the Stock Exchange of Thailand. As TV cameras broadcast the drama nationwide, the 49-year-old Vivat, who claims he has lost $1.2 million in the stock market over the past two years, moaned: "I'm broke. Bankrupt." Then, while exchange President Seri Chintanaseri tried to calm him using a bullhorn from a balcony, Vivat pulled the trigger, critically wounding himself in the neck.

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