Thai anti-government protesters march to support Bangkok "shutdown"




 
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Thai anti-government protesters march to support Bangkok "shutdown"
 
January 7th, 2014  
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Topic: Thai anti-government protesters march to support Bangkok "shutdown"


Thai anti-government protesters march to support Bangkok "shutdown"
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Protesters trying to topple Thailand's prime minister marched in Bangkok on Tuesday to drum up support for their plans to bring the capital to a halt next week by blockading major roads and preventing the government from functioning. Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has called an election for February 2 but the protesters, aware she would probably win on the back of support in the rural north and northeast, want her to step down and be replaced by an appointed "people's council" to push through electoral reforms. The protesters accuse Yingluck of being a puppet of her self-exiled brother and former premier, Thaksin Shinawatra, a man they say is a corrupt crony capitalist who used taxpayers' money to buy electoral support with populist giveaways. The protests have been mostly peaceful, although clashes between police and demonstrators outside an election registration venue on December 26 saw scores of people wounded and several shot by mystery gunmen.




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