Protesters target Thai PM's party, government seeks to avoid violent confrontation




 
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Protesters target Thai PM's party, government seeks to avoid violent confrontation
 
November 29th, 2013  
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Protesters target Thai PM's party, government seeks to avoid violent confrontation
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Anti-government demonstrators plan to march towards the headquarters of Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's ruling party on Friday, forging ahead with a campaign to overthrow her after rejecting her call for dialogue. Yingluck breezed through a parliamentary no-confidence vote on Thursday but that failed to pacify protesters who accuse her of abusing her party's majority to push through laws that strengthen the behind-the-scenes power of self-exiled brother and former premier, Thaksin Shinawatra. Though the number of protesters appear to be dwindling since the start of the week, a hard-core remain determined to target symbols of the "Thaksin regime" to weaken a leader they call a puppet, and government they say has lost its mandate to rule. The protest leader, Suthep Thaugsuban, a deputy prime minister in the previous government, rejected Yingluck's televised plea for talks.




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