Thai tensions to rise as power struggle intensifies




 
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January 5th, 2014  
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Topic: Thai tensions to rise as power struggle intensifies


By Martin Petty BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand is heading for a political showdown as protesters plan to shut down Bangkok next week to sabotage an election while the government's supporters have vowed to stage massive counter-rallies in the country's provinces. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is facing swelling opposition in Bangkok ahead of the February 2 election in which her supporters in the rural north and northeast are expected to return her to power - if the vote goes ahead. Thousands of demonstrators marched through Bangkok on Sunday as a prelude to rallies starting on January 13, when they plan to block government offices and occupy key intersections for days in a bid to force Yingluck out and scuttle the poll. The protesters accuse Yingluck of being a puppet of her self-exiled brother and former premier, Thaksin Shinawatra.




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