2,000 Thais protest against amnesty bill outside Parliament
BANGKOK (AFP) - Around 2,000 Thai anti-government demonstrators converged near Parliament on Wednesday in an opposition-led rally against a controversial bill offering amnesty for political violence in the divided nation.
Hundreds of riot police carrying shields and batons barricaded the approaches to the legislature with concrete blocks and barbed wire to stop demonstrators reaching the building in the historic area of Bangkok.
The government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been braced for several days for the rally.
The demonstration raised fears of fresh unrest in the politically-turbulent country as Parliament begins to debate the amnesty proposals on Wednesday afternoon.