Clashes break out as Thai protesters try to derail poll




 
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Clashes break out as Thai protesters try to derail poll
 
December 26th, 2013  
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Clashes break out as Thai protesters try to derail poll
By Apornrath Phoonphongphiphat BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai police fired teargas and rubber bullets at anti-government protesters in Bangkok on Thursday after demonstrators tried to disrupt preparations for a February election, the clashes flaring after almost two weeks of relative calm. The confrontation between police and about 500 protesters demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra came a day after the government extended a special security law by two months. The protesters draw their strength from the south, Bangkok's middle class and elite, who dismiss Yingluck as a puppet of her self-exiled elder brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, a populist hero among millions of poor in the north and northeast whose votes have won his parties every election since 2001.




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